I just posted wondering about my case size but I figure I might as well just put the whole thing down and see what you reckon. Now bear in mind that this may not be getting built for a couple of months but I will adjust it accordingly to any new developments. Here we go...
To add to that, one area I am particulalry interested in is mobo suggestions, eg is it worth spending the extra money and getting a 680i? or are there some around for a similar price to the P5N? Actually was just looking around and once place said the P5N was 650i and another said 680i??? which is it?
Case: Antec P180 "Performance One" BLACK Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Thermaltake ToughPower 850W Modular EPS PSU
Motherboard: Asus P5N32-E PLUS SLI Rev2
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 - OC to around 3ghz
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CL-P0310-01 Big Typhoon VX CPU Cooler
With the money you're spending on your rig, get the 680i. Both the 650i and 680i overclock very well, but your system definitely deserves the 680i, no question. It'll make your life alot easier too.
Very good specs there, great call on the Noctua fans in the P180....wait, that's what I have too!
My only comment/critique would be that the Big Typhoon is not the most popular or highly regarded HSF. I know the new revision has been getting better reviews, but I personally think it doesn't live up to the hype. But it is much better than stock cooling, no doubt. Check the noise levels on it too.
I also notice you have a nice quiet case, Noctua fans, a Thermaltake PSU (meh for noise), but check the noise on the Big Typhoon......you may find it too noisy, considering the rest of your build is very quiet. Consider the Thermalright Ultra 120 HSF, and slap a Noctua 120mm fan on it, much better in my opinion.
That's an awesome looking system, but the one thing I see lacking is the monitor. You're getting a really nice system, why not get a really nice monitor to match. You will easily be able to display resolutions above 1280x1024 with that hardware.
I would go with a widescreen LCD that can display at least 1680x1050, like the Acer AL2216WBD Black 22" Wide LCD 1680 x 1050, 300 cd/m2 700:1 5ms 0.28 mm DVI-D VGA (15-Pin D-Sub). This is the nicest, cheapest monitor I have been able to find over 20".
Yeah I thought about the monitor, I was thinking about the 20.1" Samsung 204B which is 1600x1200 (I prefer to game in 4:3) but am kinda thinking along the lines of remaining future proof. I plan on having this pc for 3-4 years I would rather be able to still play the latest games with max detail and full AA & AF in a couple of years. Thats the only thing I don't like about the LCD's, you can only play at the native resolution.