Ceribaen wrote on Dec 21, 2012, 09:23: Not sure if anyone will still check in on this thread...
But one question I had about SDRAM -- can I get two separate 2x4GB kits or do I have to go with 4x4GB kit if I want to go up to 16? (currently have 3x2GB PC3 12800 in the computer now). Would I even see enough of an upgrade to spend the money (~100 with shipping) on that now? Or wait to next year's cycle when I do the CPU/Mobo? Also is there any real difference between Corsair Vengeance and XMS?
I'm not sure I understand the first question but you can buy different kits, though often times it makes the most sense to buy ram with the same specs to eliminate potential sources of hassle when troubleshooting.
Regarding SSD: Newegg.ca has a 120GB Intel 520 on offer for less than a 180GB Intel 330. Or I could go with a Crucial M4 128GB for about 30 bucks less. Is there enough of a difference between them again to be worth spending on?
They are both very good drives, I prefer the M4 since its relatively well tested by the community at this point but Intel drives have awesome warranties. Flip a coin.
Other random accessories I've been wanting forever, going with a XONAR DSX soundcard and a BD player of some sort... looking at the LG 14x Bluray writer (is it worth getting bluray writers right now, or are they in the same crazy phase that DVD had where it took forever to get writeable disks to be readable by everthing?) though again a Boxing Day sale might change my mind.
Honestly unless you really want to play back BR on your PC I would skip an optical drive altogether. You can do OS installs from USB media and its significantly faster. Bluray playback on PC is a fucking mess right now due to the licensing and DRM issues. Hard drives are cheap enough again that backing up to BR media doesn't really make much sense either. I tried to do the whole HTPC with BR drive thing and ended up with an HTPC for local media and a PS3 to play back BR discs.