Hello, I am new to building my own computer. My primary use will be gaming, programming, music, videos, ect. I'm not to worried about the price. I dont want to go to high, thats why im not going for the 960. I just want to make sure I have everything i need, and i am a little worried about the PSU. I'm new to hardware things.
1. Am I forgetting anything?
2. Is this compatible?
3. Should I stay with the 940, or go to the 920?(Overclocking some either way)
4. Custom cooling? Is the stock fan enough for minimal small overclocking?
5. Is the 900W PSU enough? I tried using a PSU calculator, but I didn't know what some of the stuff was, so I figured I wasnt getting an accurate answer.
900 watts will be plenty of power but I have no experience with that brand. Only thing I like about it is that its modular, but it has six 12 volt rails, I prefer a single large 12volt rail. I would suggest this 850tx by Corsair. Its not modular but the case you selected has excellent cable management so that shouldn’t be a problem. The 750tx will also power your needs but for $20 more I would get the 850tx.
As for 940 or the 920, the 940 is better but the 920 is by no means bad. You say money is not an issue but you don’t want to go to high. If you can afford it, go for the 940, but that extra $250 or so could be used towards other parts of your pc. The 920 will easily do 3.8ghz (Need aftermarket cooling). No matter which one you choose you will be happy with both. If it were up to
me I would get the 920 and use the money else where.
I would loose the idea of the Dual 9800 gtx+, the card is old and there are a lot of better options for the price. A single gtx 280 will serve you well for around $330. If you need more power then that you can get the newer gtx 295, I would only suggest the gtx 295 if you get the 920 since you save enough to cover the increased cost.
Total of your build before shipping and rebates is $2270.90
Total of the build with 920, Rampage II Extreme, gtx 295, and Corsair 850tx + the rest you listed is $2084.91 before shipping and rebates.
The components are compatable and should work fine.
You do have a monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speaker etc? right. What monitor are you running currently? You can downgrade your graphics to a single gtx 280 or gtx 260 core 216 and use the money for a monitor if you need one.
Edit: Get the 64bit version of Vista as the coleman suggests, I overlooked it.
nice build m8, there are a couple of things
1. if you want to utilise all of that ram then you have to get a 64bit os, with a 32 bit you will only get 3 - 3.5gb.
2. im not sure how good that power supply is but if i was going to go xfire or sli then i would get a brand like pc power and cooling or corasir. Im not to sure on what to suggest, but im sure some one will help you out
I think the 940 is not worth the extra $ for just one more multiplier. All I did to my 920 was raise the bclk from 133 to 160 to get the same 3.33 speed as the 965. It is all I wanted, and did not try to go higher.
Are there features that you need on the workstation mobo?
You can get the plain P6T for half the price. If you want a SAS controller, get the P6T deluxe which allows sli in addition to crossfire.
I think you just went to Newegg and Picked up the most expensive and coolest looking parts on there.
That i7 940 is exactly like the 920, just a small increase in Speed, not worth the extra 300$ IMO, plus the ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution looks OK, but as "geofelt" its a workstation motherboard. Its must better if go with the EVGA motherboard since its customer service is great and many people are reporting great OC on stock voltage with decent Air Cooling. The 980GTX+ are great card but with the 325$ that you might save by switching from the 940 to 920, could be put in to GTX 280 which would be a decent upgrade from the 9800gtx+.
As for the Power Supply I personally never had experience with that manufacturer. I would go with CORSAIR 750TX, great reviews for this power supply and enough power for your system.
I would favor a strong single card. Either the GTX285 or the GTX295.
If you want sli, then you need at least the P6T deluxe.
Depending on the vga cards and sli, then a better psu than the 750w unit may be in order.
Thank you so much for all the quick and informative responses.
@lockdownx1x, basically you are right. I didn't have much of an idea of what parts I was going to get besides an i7, so I just added what seemed good, and checked some reviews. It was just a cart to start off with.
I tried to compile everyone's advice into a new build. I forgot i had the 32bit instead of 64bit on my list.
This brings me to $1,926.89. I'm pretty happy with that.
Also got the thermal paste.
I've you've got a better brand of card reader or cd/dvd-rom drive feel free to mention it. I just basically picked those with no knowledge of them.
I think I have everything.. If im missing something, or you think i could use something extra, please tell.
I decided to just go with the single gtx 280. I'm not super into best graphics and all, i just want it to look pretty nice. Still open to suggestions though.