Sup guys? Ive decided to build a pc that will be used for strictly heavy gaming. Nothing to extreme just a decent mid range build. I plan on running Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Bit and want to go SLI in the near future. I would like some of you more experienced builders to gimme a second opinion on the build.
Alot of these components are too pricey for what you get. Save 200, and get a q9550, which will still give you plenty of speed, and probably oc to the same point that the q9650 will. you should get 2 2gb sticks instead of 4 1gb, http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... same price, but you don't have to gamble on a rebate, and the specs are the same. don't get a 780i board, as nvidia boards are not great with quad core overclocks, they struggle with high fsb, which will be a necessity whether you get a q9650 or q9550. Get a good x48 intel board instead http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E.... instead of that gtx280, grab a 4870x2, and you will be able to cf 2 them later on, while also being on a good chipset like x48, instead of nvidia's crappy chipset. why blow 60 bucks on that burner, when you can get the exact same thing for less than 40? You'd also want a cpu cooler, http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... cheap and keeps up with a true or a tuniq tower with ease. that kingwin psu is decent, but I would go with something a bit less flashy but with a better rep http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....
Any suggestions for an nVidia setup? Not a fan of ATi personally.
well your setup is good for an nvidia setup your just not getting the best deal on the videocard and if this is your first nvidia chipset you'll learn that it takes a bit more time messing with settings to get a stable system
IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST BUILD I STRONGLY DISCOURAGE GETTING A NVIDIA MOTHERBOARD.
i got a 680i board to run with a quad core i rma'd that board 2 times and changed to a diffrent board and had to rma that. i sold that motherboard and now im happy with my x38
yes, i have preferences for performance... i'm not a fan of nvidia or intel, but I didn't act against my best interests and get an amd/ati system when a q6600 and 8800gt was miles ahead of a phenom and a 3870... i'm not going to go against common sense, and recommend you a system that will not be the best possible, because of some silly brand bias you have. i've had 2 ati cards, and 2 nvidia, and i've never had an issue with any of them.