I've got about 1,500 USD to spend the first PC I'm going to build. I have always been around PC's and have a pretty decent general knowledge on how to go about it. I've also taken apart and messed around with my previous PC quite a bit. I plan on making this a gaming machine, but nothing overly extreme.
Here's what I've got so far:
- EVGA nforce 780i SLI Motherboard (love the black mobo)
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
- EVGA GeForce 8800 GT (keep it simple till the 9 series)
- OCZ SLI-Ready Edition Dual Channel 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (maybe pick up another gig to top it off?)
- OCZ GameXStream 850-Watt
- Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB Hard Drive
And I plan on installing Vista Premium 32bit.
What I need some help on is what DVD/CD drives to get. I'd like the ability to burn DVD/CD's as well. A heatsink is also important, but it seems there are so many types out there that I have no idea where to look.
Also, I have also been having problems finding a case to fit it all - yet still look cool. I've heard that the sideways rails for the HDD's are good for when you upgrade your GFX card, so that'd be a plus.
What I still need:
- CPU heatsink
- DVD/CD drive
If you find anything I should splurge on please let me know.
And to finish it up, If you know of any US based sites that I could (possibly) order everything from at once. I don't mind splitting it in two, but I'd like to save as much as possible on shipping.
I plan on just sticking with 1x 8800 GT until the 9 series comes out. Where afterwards I will probably dual them, or after a bit even triple SLI. And I won't be buying a new monitor anytime soon, so I'll be playing with my 17" until I can afford another/better one.
Get a thermalright u 120 e for med to high overclocks or a Freezer 7 Pro for quietness.
The Ultra 120 Extreme doesn't come with a fan and the Freezer 7 Pro does therefore depending on which fan you buy for the Ultra you can make it as loud or quiet as you want + it's larger and dissipates heat better than the Freezer 7. With many CPU's at stock the 120 Extreme can be used without a fan for a silent PC.
As other's have said, with a 17in screen any of the high end cards will be overkill so you might want to buy a mid level card and save the money toward your upgrade.
You said that you won't be buying for a while, keep in mind that hardware changes very quickly and there might be better options by the time your ready to buy. Nvidia and ATI should be coming out with new cards within the next couple months also within the same time frame Nvidia should be releasing their new chipset and there should be many more Penryn options out soon.