I get these notifications in the email - lots of great deals to be found for RAM, SSDs, etc
Newegg and Microcenter, sometimes PNY, mostly Newegg, though,
really! get moar stuff, NO REALLY!!
buy buy buy!! good deals on SSDs, DDR4 RAM, next gen Intel CPUs
And if you want help kitting out a computer, use pcpartpicker
If you want help building a computer, there are loads of videos on newegg and youtube (for instance
just go to Youtube and search for "build a gaming computer" and you'll get lots of options to view.)
My current dedicated Star Citizen SSD died a month or so ago and I had to reinstall on a slower spinning HDD.
I'm interested in picking up a new SSD for my OS, and give Star Citizen my old OS SSD. Because my mobo supports M.2 I think it might be nice to get one of those.
Mobo: GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0)
M.2 Specifications: M.2 PCIe connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA & PCIe SSD support)
Every time an M.2 drive pops up on a sale site for $40 people call it "Slow" and "Not worth the money" and when I go to the review sites, their recommended M.2 drives are double the price for 4x the read speeds but I cant tell if my system will support all its fancy features.
I'm having a hard time determining what M.2 read speeds would be ideal for me without being "Not worth the money" or "Overkill" for my current hardware and price range.
Right now I'm looking at: MyDigitalSSD BPX 80mm (2280) M.2 PCI Express 3.0 x4 (PCIe Gen3 x4) NVMe MLC SSD (240GB)
It touted a lot of features like PCI Express® Gen 3 x4 which I don't know if my board even supports.
Edit: Reading an amazon review they state to get the max performance of the above drive I need to make sure my M.2 slot supports 4x lanes (not clear on the Mobo's documents), and has NVMe support (I thought Windows 10 covered that).
Am I wasting my money on M.2 and should just stick with SATA SSD's? Should I wait for a game changing tech around the corner?
This will be a shorter thread than the other two I started. It should just be the basics of building your own gaming computer and I hope it gets pinned. The others are for those of us who have already built their rigs and want to modify or augment. This one is just about building your first rig. I'll have building videos, links, and some troubleshooting advice. Everybody feel free to contribute, but keep it on track as a noob thread. Assume ignorance of the process, but don't denigrate anybody. Usually, Tom's Hardware has lots of good info and advice. Here are just the basics. Cooling options for your CPU can be found in the other thread Computer rig accessories.
First things first, how much do you want to spend and when do you want this computer ready to use. so, start here to get an idea of how much money you could be spending depending on the level of gaming computer you want.
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-guide-build-your-own-pc/ <-- this being said, use pcpartpicker.com to spec out your computer before you start buying components. It's pretty good at telling you where the best prices can be found. EVGA has many components to build a whole computer out of so check their B-stock page for deals to help keep your costs down or better performance for your allocated money.
Computer cases: Aesthetics, volume usage, and number of fan spaces are important. You can use a micro-ITX or Full Tower. Don't go with a really cheap brand though: http://www.tomshardware.com/t/cases/
This first video is pretty easy to follow.
Okay got all those components installed the way they should be?
POST beep codes
Computer won't post, crap! Time to troubleshoot. Remember these steps:
Fault/Isolate; Remove/Replace; Test/Verify. google this: "computer will not post" to find loads of info
old, but still relevant
If it starts but keeps shutting down
of maybe you broke it
So, i've been looking into SSD's a bit more seriously with all of the sales going on. Per @Gremlich's advice I am solely looking at Samsung, and Crucial - though i've pretty much ruled out Samsung as it is significantly out of my price range for very little memory.
I am looking at 2.5" Internal SATA 3's
However, I am curious about differences within the SSD's themselves. Looking at Crucial they have several different models. M4, MX100, MX200, MX300, etc.
Does anyone have any input on which of these are the best, worst, otherwise and why? Or if there really isn't all much difference between them?
Also, as far as my build itself goes, I am thinking 250gb for Windows operating system, keeping my current 500gb for videos, pictures, etc, and I am thinking 500gb SSD for gaming - but I am also curious if anyone thinks it would be worth saving up the additonal to get 750-1TB.
I know this is a lot of questions, but any and all input would be much appreciated. I am trying to keep this practically expensive, but I can't really seem to find much about SSD's quality versus cost, and the reviews on Newegg are still fairly new, except for the stuff that has been out for years now.
EDIT: Upon further investigation, i've decided that I am also considering the Samsung 850EVO - I thought vertical meant it had to be mounted a certain way.