To make a long story short, I've been planning on purchasing a new system for over a year now, but finances have been setting me back every time, so I'd like to get this done ASAP before something inevitably comes up again. And I need your help.
I've done a ton of research throughout the year and read through a lot of other peoples' builds and comments, and based on that, my specs list is currently as follows:
(Any comments/suggestions are highly appreciated!)
Lian-Li's are quality cases but come with quite a hefty pricetag. I'm looking for something that's silent with plenty of airflow and enough space to store the monolithic 4870 X2. Anything [cheaper] that would better fit my specifications? Monitor: SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" 2ms - $269.99
Anything else that I'm missing? (I'm not planning to OC anytime soon.)
That about does it. For anyone who's thinking about reviewing my system - my budget is anywhere below $2,300 and if you know of cheaper parts that don't sacrifice performance, please let me know! As stated before, any comments on any of the components are encouraged.
I would get a better case, lose the 2nd HDD if you aren't going to raid. Get 800 ram as the 1000 is overkill if you aren't going to overclock. Perhaps a cheaper monitor, although the swivel and tilt is nice.
From what I hear the Cooler Master is one of the best air flow cases with a total of 9 possible fans, only 2 included though. While IMO the Twelve
Hundred looks nicer, is cheaper and includes 5 120mm fans with a 200mm fan on top.
Performance the Cooler Master may be a bit better, larger, and cooler. But $100+ more in order to fill all 9 fans (assuming $10 a fan). Microcenter has the Antec Twelve Hundred for 169. ($30 less than newegg)
My build looks suprisingly similiar. I'm still on the fence about P5Q-E vs P5Q Deluxe. What made you go with the Deluxe? From what i can tell, the difference is 16 power phase and SSD for expressgate on the deluxe.
downgrade your video to 4870 - not the x2. the vid card is the fastest thing in your computer to go obsolete - just upgrade it every year. better off in the long run.
Upgrade your monitor to a 24 inch acer. - you will regret getting the 22 - i promise.
Get better ram timings - corsair xms has always been a sold choice cas 4. games run off ram - don't go skimpy on one of the most important performance factors for games.
change your hd to seagate ones that are lower size around 50 bucks each.
get 3 of them. 1 for the os - 1 for the page file - 1 for the games.
moving the page file to a seperate drive increases performance.