This will be my second own build and I've built other systems before so I'm confident at building them. I have done some research about what to get so I think I'm getting the right stuff but I thought I would check with some experts before I make a mistake. I've set the new system on a budget of about £1000 ($2000) it's mainly going to be used for games.
Arctic Cooling AC-FRZ-7P Freezer 7 Pro Socket 775 Processor Cooler (£15.28) http://www.ebuyer.com/product/105994
I'm not sure about which cooler to get and my current CPU cooler is from Arctic cooling I thought it would be a safe bet to go with them again.
I will add in other stuff like: Printer, headphones, speakers and a webcam when I actually buy the setup but for now I'm not that fussed what they are. with all that added together it comes to just under £900 but with those extras I just mentioned it should easily push that up to the £1K mark.
thanks in advance for your advice, I guess it won't mind to much if I spend a little extra here and there but it would be nice if the cost didn't go up by a great amount.
Looks pretty good overall. My one gripe is the monitor. I'd recommend something with a lower response time (2ms) and higher contrast ratio. I'm somewhat partial to samsung, but there are other one's as well.
One downside to the 8800GT is that it blows the hot air into the case, so whatever case you buy must have good airflow to deal with that.
My expirience with wireless mouse is that there is a perceptible delay when playing games compared to wired ones, however the last time I owned a wireless mouse was a couple years ago, perhaps its changed.
CL 5 for 800mhz ram is kind of slow, look for something CL 4 with like 4-4-4-15, you should be able to find that. OCZ has a 4gb kit with those 4-4-4-15 timings. If you want the best gaming performance you may want to get 1066mhz ram since your motherboard supports it.
Are you going to raid those 2x 250gb drives? If not you should look at a better OS drive such as a raptor then buy a large storage drive.
Having said that, most tests suggest SLI is only beneficial with certain games, and primarily only when playing on large monitors (24'' plus) at high res (1900X1200). If I were you I'd save my money use your single 8800GT, and wait for the next generation of GPU's that come out in a few weeks, then upgrade. Those will reportedly outperform 8800 X 2 with a single card.
That way you can also save money on the MB. The nvidia chipset SLI boards are less stable than the P35/X38 or X48 intel chipset boards, such as this one: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143226
I will get some CL4 800MHz RAM, or if CL5 1066 MHz is overall faster then I will get that instead.
Thanks for the link to the SLI power supply site, I'm going to settle for a Hiper PSU http://www.ebuyer.com/product/109552 my current psu is a less powerful hiper model and it's served me well with no problems (unlike my previous Tagan one)
I think buying a Raptor HDD is just a little to much over my budget, but I will keep that open as a possible upgrade in the future.