Looking at building a new rig, this is only my 2nd build. I used Sharky Exteme and Tom's Hardware as my main two references and some Newegg reviews.
I have most the parts picked out but could use some feedback.
If you make a recommendation for a part or review please include a link, I will be ordering all parts via Newegg (except Monitor). I do have a budget, and I'm already maxed out. Would like to keep it around $3K total.
Also bear in mind that I'd like this system to last a minimum of 3 years for gaming, I know that's a stretch these days so if feel like there is a better way to go for the bang for the buck please let me know. I've always wanted to try liquid cooling but was too scared. My current rig is air cooled and loud as h***. If anyone has any good suggestion for that and think I can fit in to my budget that'd be awesome (newbie guide?)
I went with the E6850 even though its as expensive as the cheapest quad cores cause I read that most games don't utilize more than one core right now anyways. I hope to overclock it when the time comes.
There are a couple items I'm unsure of, on those I included two options **Please help me choose** (motherboard (Asus Striker Extreme vs ASUS P5N32-E SLI , memory (Corsair XMS2 800 vs Crucial Ballistix 1066) and vid card (320 mb vs 640) Also taking suggestions for a better widescreen monitor 20-22" if there's one out there in my range for $399.
I would like to have gone with a 7.1 speaker system, but haven't seen a good review for one.
Here we go;
20 in Dell 2007FPW Ultrasharp™ Flat Panel Monitor Wide $399.00
First note that Nvidia will be releasing their new video cards before the end of this year, and Intel will be releasing their new mobo/cpu chips before the end of this year. If you can wait I would suggest it!
I like what I see on the monitor you suggested, I might give that SAMSUNG 226BW a try. I did catch that review you mentioned about the Raptors vs the new Caviars. I don't know what the heck I'd do with all that room! lol
do you really like sound? if you dont like onboard audio just get a cheap SB for $60-75, get a GTX like yamagiru said. P5N-E32, striker extreme is for the people that have no budget, get a Q6600 and a good cooler, the new ones overclock well and some new games use all four cores, and future games probably will use at least 2.
EDIT: different case as well, $250 is just too much, also you might want to wait to see if phenom is any good.
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I would recommend going with just one GTX now, and saving the $400-500 for a future upgrade on a single video card that might be more powerful than both GTX's combined. Also, I would second the recommendation of the Samsung 226's.