First I'd like to thank you in advance for offering to critique and offer suggestions and recommendations to my build.
Time for me to get with the times and upgrade my computer. I'm a slight gamer that would like a build that won't be considered ancient 2 years from now but I'm undecided and need suggestions with a few things. I plan to spend around $1100 give or take $100. I think the only salvagable items from my current system will be my two 74GB Raptors (RAID) and my DVD/CD RW drive. Newegg will more than likely be my retailer of choice and I don't plan to SLI or overclock (I'm not very tech savvy) so please take these things into consideration. Here goes what I have so far:
Both of these seem to suit my needs as far as upgrading to 45nm quad core in the future. Which would be the best decision of the two? Or is there another motherboard that would be recommended over either of these?
Both seem pretty reputable to me. Just looking for the best recommendation here.
CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply ($169.99 - $30MIR = $139.99)
CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply ($119.99 - $20MIR = $99.99)
I'm leaning towards the 520HX, but I don't want to have to upgrade a couple years down the line if 520watts won't be sufficient any longer. Is it worth the $40 to get the 620HX or does anybody forsee me never having to go any higher than 520watts.
I use a Samsung 22" widescreen monitor with a 1680 x 1050 resolution. I've read it's better to get a 640MB card over a 320MB if I plan on gaming at higher resolutions. Is this true? If so I might go down to a 320MB. Is XFX a reputable and quality brand?
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail (129.99)
Alot of people seem happy with this case, so it sounds good to me.
Anything I am missing or any compatibility issues that anybody can see? Once again I thank you for taking the time to read this post and I am open to any recommendations and/or suggestions you may have!
I'd say this build looks good. The video card is good if you plan on using high resolutions (> 1440x900). A lot of people would suggest the Q6600 for the CPU, seeing as how it be more "future proof". I would say that the E6750 is a good choice though. Oh and for the PSU, the 520watt should be enough. but I'm not sure if you need the extra power. As for the motherboard, either one is good (P35), I personally have the GA-p35-d3sl, though you are using RAID, so either of those would work. good luck
Keeping in mind that you want this build to last a few years, I'd say get the 620HX, even if the 520HX will do for the current parts. WIth the 620HX you have a better chance to be able to upgrade the video card later without needing a new PSU.
I'd recommend the Q6600 instead of the E6750, but only if you do any of the following:
- video encoding, database work, programming work, Photoshop, Crysis
I'd pick the GA-P35-DS3R and Crucial Ballistix. Not really important, the other choices are fine too.
Yes, the 640 MB video card makes sense at your resolution. XFX (and eVGA and BFG) have great reputations.
Antec 900 - have you SEEN it? Yuck, too many lights. It's a great case, excellent cooling, but TBH I'd very much prefer a P182 because (a) it's quieter and (b) it looks more serious and (c) no flashy lights to annoy when watching movies. Of course, if you like the 900's looks go for it.
since you are going to upgrade the cpu once the 45nm comes out, why don't you get a e21x0 for the time being? with some overclocking you should be able to do all you want until the 45nm come out. save $100 bucks for the 45nm quads.
note: I know you don't want to oc, but i never oc'ed before until my last build, a week ago. It isn't as hard as it seems. I oc'ed my e2160 to 3.0ghz on the DS3L
Does anybody see any bottlenecking in my system anywhere? I plan on using 2 Raptor drives in RAID 0. The transfer rates on the Raptors are 1.5gb/sec compared to the SATA300 which are 3gb/sec and I don't want the transfer rates to effect game play or any other computer functions.
Also I see the Gigabyte mobo supports 1066mhz memory. Is the upgrade over 800mhz memory significant enough to justify buying the faster memory or is the difference neglible?