I'm going to try my first attempt at an overclock. Been doing some reading and I think the hardware below will give me a fairly good bang for my buck. I'll probably CF the 5770 down the road but will use one for now.
The Antec 900 is supposed to keep things pretty cool but I'm wondering if anyone would suggest I get anything else to help keep things at a safe temp. In the winter it's no issue... but my place does get a little warm in the summer sometimes.
Also, if you really think one of the components below isn't money well spent please let me know.
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Antec Nine Hundred + EA650 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 650W Power Supply
I was aiming for 4.0 on overclock... you think stock cooling would work for that?
Would you JUST put windows on it? or programs/games as well?
If your aiming for 4.0 ghz your going to need better cooling. The stock cooler will get you to 3.1-3.3 ghz.
Go to http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm for heatsink ideas. Personelly i preffer the core contact freezer because you can get it for $15 on new egg.
If you get a 32gb drive it will hold the OS and 1 maybe 2 of your favorite games. Personelly i would preffer a 2TB drive because they are hella fast.
As for the HD's, I'd grab a 500 GB per platter drive....the WD Black 2 TB model or any of the 500 GB platter ones...Seagate 7200.12 or Spinpoint F3. Use the compare function of THG benchmark performance charts to compare performance in various categories ....gaming, pictures and other Seagate wins.....movie maker and music, F3 wins.