I want to build my very first desktop. I have an idea of most of the parts I would like to get. Here are a few of the main parts ; Intel Q9650, radeon 4870x2, Asus P5e3, Mushkin 4gb (2x2), 3x250gig hdd (not sure of brands yet), Thermaltake 750w PSU, Thermaltake heatsink (maybe a liquid cooled setup depending on the difficulty rating of that), I am also torn between gettign a sound card or just leaving it at the integrated level. Any and all feed back and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Wow! Your speding alot on a first build!
What is your budget?
What is the plan for this computer?
Here are some things to consider:
1) I wouldn't even touch a $1000 CPU (q9650), I'd probably buy the q9300/9400/9550 and save $650-800!!!
2) I probably wouldn't get 3 HDD's unless I'm putting 2 in RAID 0 configuration and than have 1 large drive for data. So maybe 2 x 320gb ones and 1 750gb one.
3) I'm not a Thermaltake PSU fan, but the Corsair tx 750w PSU is nice. If your going for a possible x-fire setup, than I'd probably start around the 750w range for the PSU.
4) I'd also consider the Antec 900 case or the Cooler Master 690 case. Both are around $100 and have plenty of room for stuff.
Well I dont really have a budget except I know I dont want to go over 3k!!
I plan on using this computer mainly for gaming and music, but in the near future (couple months) I will be doing some video editing. So a Raid 0 combines 2 drives into one? ( sorry still a little knew). Whats a good CPU for gaming, looks like i might have to research CPU's some more I want a kick butt system that I wont have to upgrade for awhile.