Been following the forums for a couple weeks now and you guys have been extremely helpful to others (including a friend of mine). I was wondering if I could get a little insight on my planned system build, also. I just threw the part list together the other day.. won't necessarily be buying everything from newegg, but will definitely pick up a bunch there. A friend suggested using mwave.com for the processor/mobo/memory so I can get the hardware tested so I'll probably be doing that. For anything else I'm open to suggestion.. just looking to keep the whole build around $2,000 (plus/minus 200ish including shipping).
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next week or so
BUDGET RANGE: ~$2000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Surfing the Net
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard (Logitech G15)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, mwave (to assemble/test: mobo/cpu/memory)
Total - $2,073.88 before shipping $1,908.86 before shipping
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200+
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: No need for extra lighting (case has plenty), prefer to use XP64 so I can use more memory. The motherboard has good reviews on newegg, but I've heard stories from friends about gigabyte motherboards not supporting newer video cards. Will change if others have had similar problems.
Any insight is much appreciated. It's my second custom build but a first to be doing solo.
The first one is the CPU cooler. It's just fine for a low budget build with no overclock, but for 3 dollars more you can have quite a bit better performance: Xigmatek Dark Knight
Secondly, and perhaps most important, there is nothing to recommend that Crucial memory. They have been out of the running for a couple years, and that offering proves it. Not that that even matters here because you need DDR2 not DDR3: G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
Just stay away from Cooler Master PSUs. Here is a modular 650W that is THE BEST PSU available in the US, with the exception of it's 850W sibling. It costs less that the CM as well. Antec Signature 650W Yes, that's enough power for this build.
I updated the parts list with your suggestions. Also changed out the monitor for a 24" LCD (2MS). Saved a little with that, also.
Anything else I should look into? I noticed you suggested the P5Q Pro in your "favorite parts" as a P45 board.. would save $20 dollars to switch, but is it worth it? Like I said before.. I'm a little leery of gigabyte boards after a friend had a problem with video card compatibility. Probably wont overclock anything, either way.
More likely the problem with video card compatability your friend had was not due to the brand, but rather the chipset on that board. All brands will usually work together, but if you have the wrong chipset or interface then it doesn't matter. The UD3P is better than the P5Q Pro, but the Asus is a solid board too. You will have more overclocking room with the UD3P.
At 24" this monitor is the top rated "hardcore gamer" model: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't know if that would be worthwhile for you or not. I really feel you are better off visiting Best Buy or some such armed with a list, when choosing a monitor. Buy local, so that when you get home and find a bunch of dead pixels or bad backlight bleed you can take it back
Sounds good.. will definitely be getting the LCD local.
How to do you feel about the i7 chip versus the quad-core (q9550)? I have a little flexibility.. just want to make sure I have everything set for now so when windows 7 comes out I still have a great setup.
The i7 chip is definitely better than the Q9550, but to go to the x58 chipset costs roughly $250 more. You have to decide if that is worth it to you. The i7 overclocks like crazy and is the best setup out there currently, however in gaming you won't see much of a difference at all and that money is better spent on a better GPU or monitor if gaming is your main concern. The i7 excels in Video editing/rendering, photoshop, CAD and those kinds of CPU intensive tasks. The i7 will be around longer than Core 2 Quads however, and so if you want this rig to last as long as possible then i7 is the best choice.
Go with the GTX 285 then. Better performance and power consumption, and should you get the urge to SLI next year you'll still have availability. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX GX285NZDFF GeForce GTX 285 1GB
(they are also handing out two free games with it, looks like.)
A very high quality, but not top-tier, Corsair 850TX would power two GPUs in the future should you have the urge: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's really the better value. Antec Signature is an extremely elite PSU that has recently dropped in price. Corsair is just one rung down the ladder.