Alright so my current computer is 5 or so years old, though I have replaced the sound card, graphics card, speakers, keyboard/mouse, and memory. I finally convinced my mom to get a new one and here's what I've come up with.
All that for about $2000. I'm going to put the 80 GB drives in Raid 0 and use the 320 GB for storage. I'll install Win XP and all programs and drivers on the 80's and keep all my music and videos and stuff on the 320 so I won't have to backup all that stuff everytime I reformat. I'll transfer my current DVD burners, X-Fi Music soundcard, Z-5500's, and keyboard/mouse from my computer to this next one. I'm also planning on overclocking the processor to about 2.6 Ghz.
Normally I would get Corsair memory (which is in my current comp), but the G.Skill had better timings for lower money and it had good ratings so why not. And I was looking at a 550W Antec PSU until I found that Hiper modular PSU. It's sexy and since it's modular it reduces cable clutter, I also read reviews that it's extremely stable.
Screw modular, go with a GameXStream. That'll last you for another 5 years...
Do you really need such a big and expensive case? I would recommend a mid-tower at most. Unless your going to invest in 10 more HDD's in the future, it would just be a waste of space.
Also, are you going SLI? I guess you are probably thinking about it, but then I would suggest looking at the X1950XT and Xfire, since it has lots of potential, much better than 7900GTX SLI. What I'm getting at here is you could get the P5W-DH which is the best Conroe mobo out there.
Get the E6300, no need to get the E6400. You can OC the E6300 just as easily as the 6400.
Motherboard: SLI is a waste of time and money, especially right now with DX 10 so close. Grab a Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 instead.
Video Card: On my note about DX 10 being so close, wasting $430 on a video card you're probably going to use for no more than 3-4 months is just stupid. Get a 7600GT for now and when the DX10 cards arrive, go for a high end card then.
Power Supply: Since (I hope) you aren't going SLI, a 580W PSU is now overkill for this system. Drop to an Antec NeoHE 500W
CPU Cooler: Unless you're going to be overclocking your Core 2 chip by more than 800Mhz, drop the Zalman Cooler. The stock will do just fine.
he said he was gonna overclock to 2.6ghz, a 500mhz overclock, but with the e6300 you suggested overclocking to 2.6ghz means a 800mhz overclock and therefore he would be needing better than stock cooling .
however get the freezer 7 pro i think its half the price for about or better the same performance of the zalman
oh dont get the 7900gtx, you can get a better card, i think you can find 7950gx2s for around the same price as a gtx, sli on a single board for the same price. then i fyou wish to go quad sli in future hopefully the drivers will be sorted out (although sli isnt really that good as the card youll be able to buy in around a years time will probably be able to do better than two 7950gx2s) . well at least in (where i live ) england you can find the 7900gtx and 7950gx2 for around the same price :wink:
My point still stands..... Why waste $300 or more (depending on the card you get) on a video card you're only going to use for 3-4 months? The DX 10 cards should be out within that timeframe, and you're going to be kicking yourself in the ass for blowing so much money on a high end card now.
Well, I popped for the 7900GT last week for my new build as I figure I'll wait a bit after the Dx10 cards come out for the prices to settle out and see where the performance/value spots are. Kinda steak today, steak tomorrow as it was £160 for my card now, and I'll probably spend the same again next year, but I reckon I can get some of it back on the 7900GT reselling or it will make a nice upgrade for TheWife(tm)'s machine.
But If I was upgrading soonest for Dx10 and going single monitor, the X850PRO is nice and cheap for good rating now, or the 7600GT (depends if you want full 9.0c compatability). But if you aren't bothered about the Dx10 and want to go SLI down the line, the 7900GT is a nice card for the money with a good future that way. It all depends on what the OP wants.
Case is a matter of taste as much as anything but I would step up to the e6600 though.