Budget is $2000 total USD. PC is primarily for gaming (Battlefield 2142, Vanguard, WoW, etc.), but I do mess with other programs now and then Office apps, Photoshop, etc. I use a 24" Dell Widescreen LCD at 1920x1200 resolution and love high settings and eye candy in games. I would like to build something that will last me at least 2-3 years.
I'm planning to start ordering all of this tonight, so any input would be appreciated. I will attempt to overclock the CPU to 3.0-3.5ghz.
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Scythe Ninja 120mm CPU cooling Fan EVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR (went with AR over TR due to $10 difference and I don't have extra cables laying around) 2 EVGA Geforce 8800GTS 640MB SUPERCLOCKED running in SLI (These should perform better than a single GTX card) G.Skill 2GB DDR2 800mhz PC2 6400(Timings are 4-4-4-12 I believe 2.0-2.1v) Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer(Really, really debating dumping this for another drive for RAID 0 setup) Seagate Barracuda 250GB SATA (only 1 drive fits into budget) Antec 900 Gaming Case(Looks like it has good cooling and I love the look) Antec True Power Trio 650W PSU(Listed on the SLI site as supporting dual GTS cards)
Cheapest Floppy and DVD Burner I could find (Samsung 18X)
Does everything look good and compatible? I'm really debating dropping the sound card for another Barracuda drive and setting up a RAID 0 from the start. Then maybe adding the Soundcard in the next time $100 pops up (mail-in rebates would cover it when they arrive).
This puts me at about $1990 after shipping and taxes with everything coming from newegg except for the Antec Case. Also wondering if a $5 tube of Artic Silver would be a wise investment.
I'm just a newbie, so don't take me too seriously. Before dropping that much in the 8800's, I'd wait to see what's just around the corner in competative boards. Worst case scenario, the 8800's should drop in price.
I would also go for a 320MB hard drive for just a few bucks more.
E6600 (maybe Q6600 if i buy in April and price cut happens)
Abit AW9D-Max Mobo
G.Skill 2 GIG DDR2 800 (F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ)
320GiG Seagate SATA II
ATI X2900XTX (thats what im waiting on )
and Windows Vista Ultimate
Zalman 9700 for overclocking
oh yea and my PSU is prob gonna be Silverstone OP650 (im not looking to Crossfire for now especially since the X2900XTX is gonna be juicing 240watts X_X and its one of the only PSU with a 8pin PCI-E power adapter)
Im gonna use my same case (a Thermaltake Xsaser III super tower...7 fans of pure coolage )
and if i can sell my old rig for 600 ;P
ill add in a Samsung 204b 20.1' LCD Monitor and some other goodies :3
Do a single 8800GTX and use the extra money for a WD 150 gig, 10,000 r.p.m. hard drive. You'll still have all the eye candy you want and a really fast hard drive. Believe me, it makes a difference in loading times. Being the first to load in BF 2142 gives you a big advantage. Dump the sound card, on-board is good enough unless you're an extreme audiophile. Maybe jump up to a 700W power supply if you insist on going SLI, just to be safe. ThermalTake Toughpower 700W is a nice, SLI-certified, modded PSU. Also, make sure your memory is SLI-certified. Otherwise, looks pretty good.