Originally Posted by Rattlehead_ie
Out of interest Effluo why did you say to ignore most of what I said?
Because it's... well, how do I put this kindly?
Any decent graphics card worth its salt will come with a DVI>HDMI dongle. Few performance cards have HDMI ports on them.
8GB RAM is overkill outside a hardcore apps machine, which is really i7 territory. 16GB is overkill on pretty much anything outside servers and enterprise-grade heavy workstations.
Memory available to GPU != GPU performance. Many cards with "double-density" memory are a complete waste. It might
come in handy in Photoshop. Maybe
. Most likely it will end up a total waste of time and money. The only real exception is the HD4870, as it had sufficient GPU power and
memory bandwidth to actually use
the extra 512MB memory to boost performance at higher resolutions (1080p and up). But the popular 1GB HD4850 and 2GB HD48x0 and the 1792MB GTX260 are useless - the extra expense of the doubled memory gives less than one percent
real-world improvements in performance.
No complaint about going with i7 generally but for a pure gaming rig it gives very little improvement over a fast C2Q or AM3 and in return pushes platform prices through the roof. Plus the only affordable one really demands at least a bit of an OC for hardcore gaming, which isn't for everyone. Both the Q9550 and the X4-940 and up are more affordable and just a shade more powerful in games - enough to avoid the need to OC to get those single- and dual-threaded games running maxed-out without stutterring.
And while wireless-N is sound advice, telling the OP to resign themsleves to wired Ethernet would be even sounder. Far less laggy and droppy when it comes to online gaming. And I doubt this rig is for just WoW either so the aforementioned conditions are plain unacceptable.