i7 is definitely the best option considering games that currently make use of all the cores get a good 5-10fps jump over the i5. May not sound a great deal, but when you're using 3 screens and modern games that can be the difference between a headache indusing 25-30fps and 35-40fps. Not a great example, but an example nontheless, and as Arthur says, future proofing!
As much as i like to say futureproofing though i must admit, I'm the sort that upgrades every time something new comes out....i future proof my PC for 6 months at a time haha
I'll echo @mrbios recommendation, his list makes one sexy PC. If you are truly Nvidia inclined, a GTX 780/Ti will do you nicely. Personally I've had good experiences with AMD/ATI for many years, just upgraded to a 6870 (I don't need that much power for 1680x1050) and it's been great so far. We run over a hundred AMD cards here with no issues, though the few Nvidia cards we have are fine too.
@hawc. If you can wait until 11th May, you could get a shiny new Z97 motherboard. :)
Unfortunately, the Core i7-4790K won't be released until 2nd June. :(
Quick update people. I have decided to order @mrbios 's suggested components which I have put into PCPartPicker at Intel Core i7-4770K, MSI Radeon R9 290X, Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed - System Build - PCPartPicker United Kingdom . I have ordered all software licences through Software4Students and will go to the Halifax tomorrow afternoon and move some money around. Once I have done this, I will order everything.
For an extra £7.61 I would get the slightly larger Corsair H90 AIO Cooler which has quieter fans and offers better performance (especially as the load increases). See the review below for more details.
Closed Loop AIO Liquid Coolers: 14-way Mega Roundup Review « AnandTech
Btw, Samsung currently have a cashback promotion on their 840 EVO SSDs. The 250GB model would cost £112.10 after cashback (£127.10 - £15) which means you could get almost double the space for an additional £23.11. :)
Outside of benchmarks you probably wouldn't notice much of a difference between the 128GB 840 Pro and 250GB 840 Evo.
I am going to order things tomorrow. I am going to use 1 screen initially and then when I have it all working, I will get 2 more screens and then have some fun....
+1 on going for a 256Gb SSD drive. It's worth the small extra outlay for future proofing if nothing else. You'd be amazed how much disk space is used by simply installing Windows 8. I've got an 80Gb SSD and it's been sitting with only 10GB free for the last couple of years. There are loads of programs (windows updates, iTunes, etc) that don't play nice with trying to redirect files off the system drive. I manage to work around it using junctions but honestly I'm at the point where if I want to upgrade my PC in future to another version of Windows I'm going to have to buy a larger SSD.
Don't get less than 256Gb unless you enjoy making junctions, redirecting every install and stressing over whether there's adequate space left every time you install a service pack!
Good shout on the cashback offer Arthur.....i may well make use of that myself this weekend :p
Thanks all. I have chosen a Crucial SSD as they are cheaper. I will be phoning Halifax today. I will order this afternoon.
840 evo 250gb £98.79 : Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
M550 256gb - £121.19 inc. VAT ( direct from crucial )
@Arthur - I am assuming the 840 evo I linked to is the correct one ? If so then the 840 evo is cheaper and faster
Well, it has been working since I built it. I managed to OC it this morning. It is soo good.