This is going to be an overclocked mid to high end gaming rig, also for video editing. Was planning on getting a Tuniq as a CPU cooler but after reading up on how many problems people have with mounting it, I opted for the Zalman 9700.
I am still debating on Motherboard (need a good layout with features such as Firewire, etc.) and RAM: GB DQ6, EVGA 680i, Asus P5W Deluxe. Still can't figure out which RAM to get that doesn't use crappy Elpida and ProMOS chips.
Please give me your input since it's been over 4 years since I've had any hands on experience with new hardware.
Still need a case as well. Just can't decide which one :?
You might want a dvd burner. LG, Samsung, LiteOn, to name a few good brands.
I don't know about others. I install a cpu, hsf & ram on the mobo out of the case. The 9700 includes a plastic backplate which must be installed out of the case.
Good is subjective. If you mean the connectors are as near to the devices as possible, 680i loses hands down. The worst front panel location beside the 24-pin mobo power connector. P5B DX meets your criteria.
You might be overkilling it with the 700watts, I think that the 600watts is probably a bit future-proof (DX10 cards & Powerful CPUs). As for the Zalman fan, if your looking for aesthetics the Zalman is good, but for performance, the Tuniq Tower would crush the Zalman. What kind of problems are you worried about with the Tuniq Tower?
I have no idea what you are looking for in a case and I also have no personal experience with this one, but a lot of posters recommend the Antec Nine Hundred case. Right now there is a great deal on it at Fry's ... $59.99 after a $40 rebate:
Note: it is on backorder, but I have ordered items that were on backorder at Fry's before and they filled them relatively quickly both times (well in advance of the deadline for submitting the rebates).
As to the video editing you prosose to do, if you find extra room in your budget for another hard drive or two (they do not have to be huge drives), that would really speed up the editing process.
One comment on your CPU fan choice, if you want to have software control the speed of the CPU fan you need the Zalman CPS9500 AT or Zalman CPS9700 NT. Core 2 motherboards have a four pin fan header and need the fan PWM circuitry in the fan.
The Coolermaster Stacker seems perfect for my project. I will be adding more and more harddisks with time. Lots of room.
Many people have complained about the Tuniq regarding the screws that come with it. They say they broke off, stripped, it's a pain to install because you have to really fine tune it etc. I would love to use the Tuniq since all the reviews I have read are just awesome.
Reason why I opted for the 700W PSU is because I will be powering a lot of harddisks. Still overkill?
Thank you folks for all your answers, you don't even know how much you're helping me with this.