Ok so I am having a custom PC built by Maingear (the F131) as a combination Christmas/ Birthday / College Graduation gift and was was wondering if you guys could help me out with a few things I'm having trouble wrapping my head around. So first off, my processor is going to be an Intel i7 3770 @ 3.4 Ghz overclocked by Maingear to about 4 Ghz and I'm getting an nvidia GTX 690 as my GPU...yes I'm going for overkill here because...you know, I can.
That stuff is all well and good, but I'm getting stuck in regards to the RAM and PSU I should put into my system. The goal of this whole thing is to stave off the need for an upgrade for as LONG as I possibly can, thus the crazy specs, so I'm going with 16 GB of RAM, but I'm not sure which form to get. My two options are
- 16GB Corsair® Dominator™ Platinum DDR3-2133 1.5V (4x4GB)
- 16GB Corsair® Dominator™ Platinum DDR3-1600 Extremely Low Latency 1.5V (4x4GB)
The difference in these two formats is over $100, and I don't want to shell out another hundred for the same amount of RAM if I won't notice a difference. I've heard conflicting things about whether I would though, as some of my friends say my system is so powerful the difference between these two options is irrelevant while others say the quality of my system is irrelevant in noticing these RAM differences. So I come to you all asking what the difference is between these two choices, and how that will manifest itself in terms of noticeable performance?
Secondly, I am having trouble deciding which power source to get...for this I have 4 choices:
- 600W Seasonic® 80+ Certified Power Supply ROHS
- 660 Watt Seasonic® X-660 80+ Gold Certified Modular Power Supply ROHS
- 850 Watt Corsair® AX850 80+ Gold Certified Modular Power Supply ROHS
- 800W Corsair® Gamer Series 80 Plus Certified PSU
Now, based on my research, I'd definitely want to go with either the 800W or 850W PSU, because my GPU requires so much power, but I can't decide which to go with, and I'm confused on whether or not I could do more harm than good if I go with something too large. I would LIKE to stick with the 800W PSU because it is significantly cheaper (about 3x as cheap) as the 850 W, but if I need to go higher I obviously will. If you guys could tell me which you recommend and, more importantly, WHY you recommend it, I would be extremely grateful.
FINALLY, I was wondering about my Operating System. I've heard rumblings about a few instabilities present in Windows 8 and would like to know if I'd be better off going with Windows 7 so that I don't have to worry about little bugs making gaming/work difficult, or if I would be fine getting WIndows 8.
Thank you for your (future) assistance everyone!