ok, so the last time i needed a computer i broke tradition and bought a prebuilt. (alienware) now that i return to the homebuild scene, i find myself a little lost... but after a while i feel like i'm pretty close to having something put together.
the goal i set was to make a strong gaming/multimedia system that could take a couple of decent upgrades in the following year. here's a look at what i have so far:
(reused parts from old rig: dvd, 24-inch dell widescreen, logitech speakers/keyboard/mouse, 120gig backup internal drive, 500 gig external backup drive)
i'm hoping this collection of components is good, but please let me know if one of the above seems out of place. but, what i don't have picked out is a good case and psu. bearing in mind the fact that i will get a quad core when they become necessary, and i'll add a second 8800gtx at some point, what power supply and case would make a good fit for my components?
(oh and as it's been a while since i built a comp, lemme know if i forgot something obvious, heh.)
You know the Zalman CNPS9500 requires a minor modification for it to fit the eVga 122-CK-NF68-AR. You'll have to cut off a few pieces of the backplate with a utility knife or dremel in order for it to fit properly. The same goes for the 9700 version.
get the tuniq, drop teh corsair for something cheaper, or upgrade to their 1066 version that ocs extremely well for the price, and wait until r600 benchmarks are out before buying this, it's about to come out
I like the armor case, but this one also has a massive fan on it (200mm, a bit smaller), and it has flashy lights too if you're into that stuff, I just happen to like antec the most as a case builder, but it's up to you, both are great cases http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
Also consider that actually using two video boards in SLI mode is relatively rare, because (A) it's usually hard to find another copy of the same board model some months later and (B) it's usually more cost effective just to buy a newer-model graphics card that takes advantage of then-current technology advances.
dawg, if you are talking about big perpendicular drives, massive terabite drives are about to come out at only $400 for some of the more expensive models. And I agree with you on the ram, I'd either step up to the 8500c5d, which is the only handpicked kit under $400, or I would get something cheaper.
well i do already have a 150gig sata drive, i suppose that could fill in as the os drive. as for the other one you listed, i must say that i don't know what this perpendicular recording business is, heh. i'll have to research that a bit, because i was simply picking hard drives out of a hat anyway