I have been out of the PC building game for quite awhile. My last build was a Athlon 2600+ system if that gives you any idea
I have read through numerous boards and coming to the point of finalizing my build. It is as follows:
Case: Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
PSU: mushkin HP-580AP ATX12V / EPS12V 580W
RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) x 2 for 4GB total
Motherboard: ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP LGA 775 Intel P965
Video: EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB
HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache x 2 for 500GB
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M
Media: SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write
Cooler: Scythe SCINF-1000 120mm CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
Monitor: SCEPTRE x22wg-Gamer Black 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen HDMI LCD Monitor
It will be a 75% gaming PC and used for productivity type stuff (word, excel) the rest of the time. I am thinking of doing a dual boot Vista/XP on the system. It will be moderate in the overclocking department. I have never over clocked before but I am going to try to learn. Budget is around 2200-2300. I was also going to go with RAID 0 but having read some things that it doesnt effect gaming FPS or load times I am now thinking against it. Let me know what you think.
I was looking for modular supply for the cooling and clean looking effects. Anyone have experience with Mushkin PSU? I see that Seasonic is also modular so I will look into those. I am thinking 600W should be plenty for this build. More is always better IMO. Spending $150.00 now and then $200.00 later because 600W wasn't enough would not be joyous.
As for the Video I was aware of that card coming around. From what I can gather it is going to be $299.99. That would be a $90.00 savings. I can't find any benchmarks out there yet for it. But, I have read that it is the exact same technology/PCB and such just with fewer chips (Obviously). Not sure that I can build a gaming system and then skimp on the Video.
How about the Case? Can anyone comment on that? Research said good things but there is no subsitute for real world experience.
Looks good. I'd reccommend the 320 GB baracudas b/c they're only about $10-15 more, but if you're within a tight budget the 250s are fine. (Ive gotten myself into trouble before with the "it's only a few dollars more" thinking in the past though, so take that how you may.) Also, do you plan on running Vista 64? The reason I ask is because it'll take a 64 bit os to truly utilize all that ram. I'd also reccommend the seasonic psu. I was looking at the Mushkin for my last build and wasn't bowled over by the reviews.
I've gotta agree with the rest of the guy's, you've thought this through well and have a very nice looking system there. I also agree about the OCZ GameXStream PSU. I don't own one yet, but I've been doing my research as well and it will be going in my next build (soon). I've read a lot of good reviews, many editor's choice. It's not modular, but that doesn't seem to matter for those who reviewed it, and personally I will use most of the cables anyways.
I used to own an OCZ GameXstream. Very good PSU, looks great, stable. I sold it and upgraded to my Seasonic simply because I wanted a silent build. The OCZ isn't loud, but it's not silent.....it's simply the same noise as every other PSU pretty much. Obviously Seasonics are silent.
I definitely agree with the OCZ suggestions. Great PSU at a very decent price. Looks good, nice blue LED fan in it. Long cables you can connect and easily hide. The cables are fully sleeved (not modular though), so if you spend a bit of effort hiding the cables then it's a great PSU.
OH, and if you really want modular, look into the Corsair brands.....they're basically rebadged Seasonic PSUs. Efficient, modular, quiet, not as expensive, quite highly reviewed at all the major places like Silent PC and JonnyGuru. EXCELLENT modular alternative.
The only concern that I have is getting a modular PSU with cables that are long enough given the case that I am using. Anyone have experience with the case and/or modular supplies that can advise on any issues on that front?
My understanding is that modular cables aren't shorter than regular ones. BUT it depends on the brand you buy. OCZ have long cables, plain and simple. Corsair *might* have shorter ones, for example, but NOT because they're modular; rather, because it's a Corsair. See what I mean?
Your WORST case scenario is to have an Antec P180 with a PSU that has shorter cables. In which case the worst you would have to do is buy a cable extender. No big deal there. Honestly, it depends more on your motherboard. Mobos that have the 4-pin ATX power socket at the top left of the mobo will create the longest distance IF you have a PSU mounted in the bottom of your case. If you have a case that has the PSU mounted at the top (like most cases) then you'll be just fine......those power cables will reach anywhere no problem.
So most modular PSUs will work, and so will regular ones, especially if you have a case with a top-mounted PSU. Bottom-mounted case like the P180 is more of a challenge to hide the cables, but the cables reach everything no problem. Just a question of how clean your cable management is.