Okay, my first goal of this PC is to be able to run The Witcher 2 at a good frame rate with most settings on high (I do NOT intend to use Ubersampling) and at a 1080p HD resolution if possible (probably asking alot), though I could settle for 720p HD resolutions.
My second goal is to still be able to play older GOG games without any serious issues.
I plan on getting this new PC within a few months or so.
Here we go with my questions:
1. Custom PC Builder
When going with a PC builder should I go with Digital Storm or Origin PC? I'm leaning more toward Digital Storm because you get a longer warranty without the extra price. I already know alot of people are going to suggest that I build my own, but I have no experience building a PC and i'm not comfortable doing it myself as I really don't want my money going down the drain because I made a tiny mistake that destroys my parts.
2. Graphics Card
Of the two manufacturers which is more reliable and less likely to overheat or break down? AMD or Nvidia?
Should I go with the AMD Radeon HD 7870 or the newer Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 or would those be overkill? I was considering the AMD, but i'm kind of concerned about performance from the reviews i've read. I'm leaning more toward the Nvidia, but the power consumption, slightly higher temperature and price have me concerned.
Would either of these newer cards have problems running older GOG games? I seem to recall a forum post about Nvidia's OpenGL support not being that great for games that use OpenGL.
Do I need Nvidia's PhysX for certain games to run stable?
Intel Core i5 or i7? An article on Rock Paper Shotgun recommends an i5 2500K because it doesn't have hyperthreading which according to RPS runs games better because of this:
How much do I need?
5. Power Supply
How big of a power supply do I need?
With what I plan on putting in my PC, what sort of cooling do I need? Can I get by without having to use liquid cooling? (i'm a bit squeamish about using liquid) Also, I do not plan on overclocking anything.
Of the selection Digital Storm and Origin provide, what motherboard do I need?
Do I need extras like a fan controller and temperature display?