lol. Quite a few people already have:
mentions 2880-1800 resolution... fails to mention that that is a DEMANDING resolution for any laptop and most desktops.
...games designed for more conventional resolutions may not fare as well beyond the WQXGA standard.
Early adopting is risky business.
Not dramatic, realistic. I've been building PCs since you were suckin on your momma's teat.
The most important parts of a gaming build are the CPU and the GPU. The right combination of CPU + GPU depends highly on your desired resolution.
If you want to play games at playable FPS, with a resolution higher then 1920x1080, you're going to need a rock solid GPU.
Sorry to say, but the 650m wouldn't net reasonable FPS on a 1920 x 1080 screen. You'd be looking to play at 1366 x 720 at best. It might do Tera ok enough because it's a very GPU lite kind of game. But Anything more demanding like Crysis, BF3, Metro, AVP, etc, is going to be terrible.
Also note that a Mac is going to be ~50% more expensive then a similar performing PC.
If your wife is hell bent on an over-hyped, over-expensive, POS mac book laptop, but you want to game... there is only one solution.
FTW 650M GPU is very very very bad for gaming. It's basically the bottom barrel next to on-board GPUs.
I am not sure we have something like this but a lot of people are asking about TERA running on their systems. So I think it would be a good Idea to have a dedicated thread for any questions about PCs running TERA and list the minimum requirements of TERA.
Minimum System Requirements are.....
Windows Vista or Windows 7 Windows XP
AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+ or Intel Core2 Duo E6750
4 GB or more of RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or ATI Radeon HD 3870 XT video card or better
25 GB free HD space
Broadband Internet connection
If these forums allowed words to be bolded I would've done it...
I DO NOT plan on building my own and plan on purchasing it from ethier AVAdirect OR ElifePC (wont know until thursday on ElifePC since thats when there adding Z77 boards and the new processors to there list).
Looks fine to me. But I would highly recommend you posting this in a tech forum. Most people on here will post biased opinions instead of actual facts.
NOTE: Buy the sandy bridge CPUs after the ivy bridge cpus come out as they will drop in price.
Intel Core i7-2700K: -- I might want to get this for barging rights :D