Originally Posted by darkcreeder
Thanks for the reply. Hmm... I want to get into the video game developing business, but I'm also a novice. I won't be able to take a college course for about a year, so whatever you recommend is fine.
Like I said, I have little experience with computers (having only owned two laptops that both got bad viruses). For a keyboard, whatever you recommend is okay as long as I can type easily. I write, so it would need to be comfortable. Again, whatever you recommend for a mouse is fine. Do I really need speakers, or can they wait? I'm getting a sound bar for the TV I'm buying, so maybe that will do. That display seems good, and I think I can hook a PC up to the TV, so size shouldn't really be a problem. What's the main difference between Windows 7 and 8?
Will this run games at max settings (or at least most)? And I can still stream and use the internet easily, right?
Speakers was an option, but you can just run HDMI from the vidcard to a TV if you want. That monitor has built-in speakers, not that they're really any good, at all, but they'll work for now. Or you could drop like $25 on a cheap pair of Logitech X-140s like I use.
Difference between Win 7 and Win 8 is going to vary based on who you talk to. Everyone likes to jump on the hate bandwagon due to Windows 8 using the Metro UI (looks like a tablet) but for $5 you can pretty much ditch that all-together, or free with another program. At its core, Win 8 IS Win 7 but with a smaller footprint and less usage of system resources. Given the choice of the 2, and them being the same price, I'd recommend 8 over 7, but that's me. I've been using 8 on my laptop and my desktop since the release candidate and I have no problems with it, works great and boots fast on my SSD.
This would run pretty much everything at max and 60fps, with a few exceptions like possibly Crysis 3(though you could probably max that and still manage 30fps+), or heavily modded Skyrim. Streaming is really down to the correct settings, and mostly has to do with your upload speeds. That hardware is more than enough to handle it, but your net needs to be up to it as well.
For a KB and Mouse, what I recommend is going to a store like Microcenter if there's one near you, or even a Best Buy and getting your hands on a KB and Mouse so you know what they feel like without buying blind. Logitech is the main brand I'd recommend though.
One other thing I would recommend is spending another $100 or so and getting a 128GB solid state drive for your OS drive and main programs and using the 3TB regular drive for everything else. SSDs are much faster, have no moving parts, and last longer, so having one as your OS drive is a great thing.