So I ordered parts for my new gaming/CAD rig for school and such and I thought I'd post it here for some criticism. Overall I believe it's pretty solid, I only worry about the PSU because it's 500W, I've used this before in 2 rigs and never had a problem. My price range is limited at 1500USD and dont forget shipping so 1450 is really the max. I do plan to overclock alot, hence the Tuniq.
Good solid P965 mobo choice, overclocks pretty well. The earlier revisions of this mobo didn't have MCH voltage options and the memory only went to 2.1V but the 2nd revision should be guaranteed at this time, at least I hope!
For the price, I think this is a pretty decent card. Unlike the first 1950PRO release from sapphire this one does come with a better cooler ( a zalman, and heatsinks on the memory and VRM) I've heard good things so I'm hoping it'll do me well with my monitor. I was going to get a 7600GT but since i decided to buy a monitor to replace my dying 17" CRT, but i wasn't sure if would be able to drive a 20.1" 1600x1050 well enough for me for the games i enjoy.
Probably the cheapest CAS 4 PC6400 memory there is with decent timings. I read they have trouble ocing past 950mhz, but I probably wont need to bring them past 900 unless i'm just playing with OCing. I tried looking but i couldn't find out if these use infineon or micron chips. Also a little worried about buying OCZ with people having issues, unless they were just being stupid.
This is my main concern, 500W is enough for my system I'm pretty sure but with OCing and all I'm not sure what kind of effect it will have. It's a pretty decent price as well and antec is a name i've used for a while but If someone could fit a better PSU in here in my price rage it'd be nice.
decent cheap case, I would prefer one with a plastic side panel with grills over the video cards but since it'll be under my desk anyways it doesn't matter much. I worry a little that the Tuniq wont fit but i think it will.
Rest is basic stuff i wont bore ya'll with
Seagate 320gig HD- $94
Razer Diamondback - $40
Fan for MCH - $3
DVD burner- $31
All together it comes to 1450USD so i have about $50 headroom and untill tomorrow to change my order before newegg ships. So any help is welcome!