Hi, thanks for helping me out. I'm planning to build my first computer and the bottom line is that I need help. I'm not completely sure that my components will go together soundly. I'd like to spend ~$1100 and I'm hoping to get suggestions/recommendations. Thoughts and criteria are below each link, let me know what you think:
ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel ($150) http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...
I want an Intel motherboard that has the capability to accommodate quad-core and has x2 2.0 PCI-E slots. This is because I plan on getting a Q6600 and another GPU for SLI.
Swap that mobo out with DS3L if you're not going to sli soon. Use the savings to buy a good cooler. Heck, it's just $7 more for Xigmatek hdt-s1283 heatsink which beats the crap out of the one you listed. Coolermaster psu isn't the best. Won't be ever in my pc while I'm around. Even if it's free. Either Corsair/Earthwatts.
I am not sure what the difference is with the OS's, but you are aware they are OEM builders versions of Vista. You cannot transfer them to another computer once you install and activate them.
So, if you ever upgrade your Processor, or motherboard, you could have some issues getting them to reactivate without calling Microsoft.
Maybe not a big deal, but just so you know.
I would switch that SLI motherboard with a Gigabyte P35 DS3-L
Your building a fairly good gaming PC right? then don't go for that 2200... rather spend some cash on a higher dual core (E8400), or a quad-core (Q6600) if you do photoshop, and graphics illustrations. It will give you a good lifespan and they are fairly cheap for the performance they give.
Also if you plan to overclock I would suggest a Hyper TX2 cooler, they cool well. Else just leave the stock.
For gaming i would use a 8800GTS 512 instead of GT, just for that little notch of a performance.
Don't cheap out on PSU's aswell. The Cooler master 650 will do fine, but I don't trust the lifelength of those things.
Hey - I'm building one as well but was able to get more for the money at compusa.com (I think Tigerdirect bought them as prices are identical). Basically if you don't splurge on the GX2 vid card like I did for 500 bones you could save a couple hundred. I went with a smaller HDD as I don't do any video or music downloading, but they also have larger available.
GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L. I like that it has better RAM capabilities, but it doesn't have any PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots. It only has a single a single PCI-E x16. Two things, isn't 2.0 x16 better than just x16. Second, don't I need two PCI-E for SLI? Why is this mobo a better choice than the 750i?
If the Vista I've chosen is the system builder version that only works on initial installation, which version can I repeatedly install?
Due to popular demand, I threw out the Cooler Master PSU and instead went with the Corsair HX 620W. I also replaced the ASUS V-60 with the Xigmatek HDT-S1283.
The MSI 8800GTS looks great. I don't really know anything about the streaming processors and the other specifications, but I trust that it's better.
So my biggest concern is with the motherboard. Is the 750i that bad? Is the DS3L that much better? If so, why?
unclet it is not that the 750i is bad its just that it is overpriced. If you dont see yourself ever running SLI then the gigabyte board is a fine buy. It overclocks very well and the difference between PCIE 16 and PCIe2.0 16 is minimal, maybe a frame or two in realtime gaming
If you can't not have PCIE 2.0, look at X38 & X48. Perhaps, you're keeping this pc for a few years. Then a premium board makes sense. i.e. ASUS P5E. The 2 latest chipsets are identical to the average user. The MSI X48C Plat costs about $270, MUCH less than the rest of X48 boards. And I've seen the overclockability and I'm liking it. C means both DDR2 & 3.