IF YOU HAVE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS AS FAR AS INCOMPATIBILITIES PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP!!!!
I am having to build a new pc from the ground up due to an impending divorce... Anyway..I would really like some help from people who are much smarter than my self..LOL I am very mechanically inclined, however, I don't have the knowledge to know what does and doesn't go with what. I am asking for some help building this system. I am trying to stay as close to $1500 as I can, but I have some leeway if I need to spend more. I will be having to buy a screen as well...I had a 22" ViewSonic and I was very happy with it, but am open to suggestions. The MAIN reason I am building is for gaming. I am a Supreme Commander Freak...but my old pc only allowed me to play on all of the very very lowest settings and then, I could only play the 5x5 maps. I want to rock that game with this new pc.
Here is what I have come up with after reviewing all of your comments and my own research:
Optical Drive:ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682... Do I even need a secondary Optical Drive???
Sound: Not sure if I will need a sperate card for sound...but in the Armor Plus...Ill have more than enough room if I want one later.
***Also, I am going to be needing a new gaming Keyboard and mouse, I was looking at these. If you know of any Keyboards that are totally silent I would like to know about it. I HATE that "clicky" sound when you hit the keys...
If I am forgetting anything please feel free to flame..LOL I am very new and will take any criticisms with stride. Thanks for your help and genius!!! Cheers
I don't think that Ill have the money to justify getting duel vid cards. Thats why I went with the slightly higher end 8800 GTS. I am sure it will be able to more than run SupComFA. As well as any other mmo I play.[#ff0000][/#ff0000]
I bought a e6750 and an ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro heatsink ($22 @ newegg) and I'm easily running it at 3.2GHz (first time overclocker). I say easily because I had it running at 3.4 for awhile and just lowered it because I wanted to be safe, though it would have been fine. By the way I'm running a p35 mobo.
If you want to go this route just google an overclocking guide for this setup. It is very common for this processor and could save you a bit of money.
Okay, I have more suggestions.
That power supply is awesome, I'm running the 520HX myself.
As far as video cards, I'd highly recommend buying from EVGA. Their return policies and customer service rocks. Also, research the difference between the 8800GTS G80 and the 8800GTS G92. The one that has 512MB of memory is the G92. It is newer and smokes the older one. Check out the 8800GT also, it is a good compromise between price and performance IMO.
xcskiier23, I didnt realize that the GT was faster than the GTS? I think the GTS may be faster...at least from what Ive seen on TomsHW.com tests. And I am sticking with the current processor. I really want the huge speed. The cost isnt a problem for the processor
Everything looks pretty good. I wouldn't recommend thermaltake cases... just bad experience in the past with them.. Highly recommend Antec p182 or a Coolermaster stacker if you can spare the dough.
Definitely get a vid card from EVGA, they have great RMA service and a 90 day step up. Would also recommend the 8800 GTS 512 over the GT.
As for the motherboard, you shouldn't need an X38 chipset, I would stick to an 680I motherboard for what you're getting. the 680I chipset has been out for a while and is great for OC'ing and stability.
Crucial and Corsair are both good memory vendors, go with a DDR2-800 pair with the lowest timings for the money (IE: 4-4-4-15).
Keyboard mouse combo. MX5000 keyboard/mouse combo pack. I'm in love with this set.
If you don't have any spare harddrives on you as backups, I would just go with a western digital or seagate 500gb 7200rpm drive. If you have say a large external hardrive for all your media already, I would get a Western Digital Raptor 150gb for all your programs. and operating system.
Can't help you with the sound card, I've never owned one, ASUS boards have excellent 7.1 onboard audio.
Finally, optical drives. I just have an ASUS dvd-RW drive and another ASUS CD-ROM x52 drive. Cheap and get the job done everytime.
I hope this helped a bit, I know everyone has their own opinions and ideas regarding the perfect system, but you're sure to get one hell of a system in the end.
Beurling, Yes it does help! Thanks so much for your time, I realize that lots of people ask about builds but I do really appreciate your time. I am loosing the entire system due to the divorce so I am having to build the entire machine. I did decide to got with a 10K rpm 150Gig WesternDigital for my primary and then I got a 7200rpm 500gig for big storage, music, vid, etc. And after your recommendation and other reviews I have decided to go with the EVGA 8800 GTS. I am pretty set on the Thermaltake Armor Plus. I do, however really like that Coolermaster Stacker. right now newegg.com has them on sale and with the mail in rebate they are only 99 bucks!!! What was your experience with the Armor?
I had something very similar to the Armor, it was a kandalf supertower.. it was shipped to me with a defective door/windowand they wouldn't replace it because they said I had tried to mod it, which is rediculous. So for the past 4 years I've had my computer set up with no side door... bleh...
$99 at newegg eh... i'll have to look into that, it's $250 here in Canada, might be worth the custom charges to buy form there. I'm going to be building my new system within the next 60 days so I've been hardcore researching for the past 4 months, which is why i've become so up-to-date with technology lately. Glad I could pass some of my findings along.
Beurling, Oh yeah. then we are pretty much in the same boat. I am planning on building in about 30 days. yeah, you should get on that Coolermaster even if they charge more...thats quite a deal considering how much it is where you are. BTW Does Canada really have THAT many hot women? LOL Cheers!!!