So, I am looking for a i7 build that will be suitable for gaming primarily on a 24" 19x12 screen @ highest settings,(games are nothing major, WoW, CoD4+5, BF2 mods, Valve stuff(tf2,ccs etc., eventually mirror's edge) now here is where i think my build requirements will be a bit different but I'm not sure that if i build a system for gaming that it wont inherently be ready for the second part of the equation. my intent is a primary 26" 19x12, secondary 15ish whatever res for web reference (primarily for WoW) AND(and this can be a toggle) a panasonic pt-ax200u 720 projector (1280x720 but i can get 1080i out of it @ 115" screen) for Blu-Ray playback (via blu-ray burner drive + sw)
either vigor monsoon or cooler master v8 (neither in stock @ new egg so they don't look as nice as the other stuff) *i would like to OC to at least 3-3.5Ghz)
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
ASUS VK246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
BFG Tech BFGEGTX2801024OCE GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop
ASUS P6T Deluxe/OC Palm LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
LG Black 6X Blu-ray Disc Burner & HD DVD-ROM Drive SATA Model GGW-H20LK - OEM
It would be awesome if the system lasted me awhile, as you can see I'm not really playing blazing edge games for the most part (70% of the time it will be WoW) and of course looking for a better bang for buck if its out there. (current build is about $2200)
If you only plan to OC to 3Ghz, you can use the stock cooler(all the way up to 3.2 is fine on the stock cooler). If you do wish to overclock more, the thermalright 120 ultra extreme is always great, although newegg doesn't sell it frozencpu.com does and they are a great site.
Noticed newegg has the bfg gtx280 for $284 after $30 mail in rebate today, just fyi.