First I wish to thank ever one in advance. I have been
reading the forums for a few weeks now and have
gathered a lot of good info.
This will be my first new system build, actually my first and second.
I am planning on building two pretty much identical systems.
I would like the two systems to be well rounded. I wish to be able
to multitask, play games, watch TV, spreadsheets, word processing,
programming, etc, etc....
I myself love to tinker with things and plan on learning to over clock.
Below is what I have come up with over the last few weeks.
I am looking for any and all suggestions or alternatives.
With a monitor and a few other accessories what is listed below prices
out really close to what my budget will be. I am shooting for about $3000 plus
or minus for both systems.
If I can trim a little here and there without
sacrificing performance or potential I can get a nicer monitor or some other accessories.
Heres is what I have so far.
Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
I would very much appreciate some other suggestions, possibly something without
a front door and more front USB connections.
Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 ATX12V 650W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails 100 - 240
Is this PSU overkill? Is it modular or again do I care?
I think you have made so good choices here It will be a very good ALL ALL round system. Firstly the antec case is very good case for the price but maybe consider a Full tower case for extra space this space provides better organization of cables and components provides better airflow and more ports for fans etc this would be a good benefit to you if you are considering overclocking,
Power supply will be fine not over kill, Its good encase you want more HDD or Bigger Graphics card but with your system you will need at least a 550W/600W So you are good there.
Motherboard seems fine maybe see if there is a model up from this one with 2x Pci-e Just for upgrade options to sli.
Processor is very good, this model is more revised and runs with less power and is able to run at higher temperature to its earlier one by 11 degrees celcuis i believe correct me if i am wrong this will aid you in overclocking. lso if you are over clocking you WILL need a better cooler maybe a ZALMAN they have a good range also cooler master i have a GEMINII that i am very happy with.
Ram seems good 4gb is a big over kill at the moment, maybe go for the crucial ram or cursair ram
Graphics card is fine its a good choice
HDD is good
Writer is good
Vista is good maybe consider Dual booting with XP for older programs but its not that crucial... If you do do that then partition your drive into three at LEAST 20GB to vista and 10GB to XP. then the rest will be to your programs this has many benefits.
This is great. Where else can you get expert advice for free. Thanks all for your input. I will post another update after considering all of your suggestions. If anyone has any input on an LCD monitor 22" to 24" I would love to here from you.
24" Is very big the 22" i find is perfect size but it depends on your preference. Go for Samsung or for BENQ both provide in my opinion good proformance and value samsung esp. if you are gaming get a 2ms response one its worth the extra.
Stick with Nvida hey they are way more powerful then later on you can Sli them. But all you need is that GTS512 or GT512 for now. As much as i wanna support ATi they aren't as powerful. So stick with nvidia the resolutions are very good and the quality of graphics top notch!