Originally Posted by elockett
I'm in the process of moving from console (xbox360) to PC-based gaming.
A couple more thoughts:
I take it your small amp doesn't have HDMI-IN, right? Because Sound Blaster cards are disappearing from gaming rigs these days, but some people like them for high-end audio decoding and whatnot. Just FYI, if you can do HDMI audio via the video card, it makes configuration of software and wiring easier, and saves space in the case for a little more air flow.
In my book, SSD is a must for Windows OS. Beyond that, it becomes an expensive nicety. Games do like being on a SSD, but not nearly as much as Windows does. So my suggestion is to get at least a 128gig SSD for Windows only - you can go smaller if you are very good about only keeping the OS on it, but I tend to install programs on my SSD at times. If you can find a deal on a 256gig, even better. Also get the biggest quality hard drive you can afford for all your programs, games, music, movies, and whatnot. (EDIT: Josh ninja-ed me on this!
) If you have the bigger SSD, you can use "Steam Mover
" to move the current game(s) you are playing onto the SSD, and move it back to the hard drive if you aren't playing it as much. A tip - Steam Mover can move anything, not just Steam games.
Eye beat me to the game sizes, so here's another - Batman Arkham Origins is around 19gigs.