I am getting ready to build my system the week of 23-Mar-2009. I am trying to build a fairly robust system that will be used for general computer use and gaming (Empire: Total War, Rise Of Flight, Call Of Duty: World At War). The below configuration is what I am planning on at the moment. I would appreciate any advice. Is there anything that looks out of whack? Is there an opportunity to upgrade something important without adding much cost? Have I over-killed on anything?
Also, are there in very detailed and up-to-date information rich manuals for building you own computer that you would highly recommend?
This is my first build and again, any help is appreciated.
I think I will go down a notch on the memory like you suggest, and save a bit.
I have gone back and forth on the i7, they have not been in the field for very long and I just generally worry about very new technology. I can't afford the the fast i7 processor, do you think the 2.66 processor is fast enough for gaming. I really don't want to overclock my CPU.
I am going to play the combat sim Rise Of Flight when it comes out, and I did note that the developers mentioned a 30% performance improvement when using quad cores, so that is one argument for it.
Do you know of any good manuals to suggest for building a computer? I have a few, but still looking for something better.
Most people want the i7 920 2.66ghz. You can OC that CPU easily with a decent or even stock cooling. If your going to go intel I recommend the i7 platform, otherwise if you don't want to spend that much the Phenom II 940BE is logical step down.
The i7 will do well for you . OC'ing it is really easy, you can OC to 3.0 ghz by just changing the BCLK to 150 and it will outperform the 940, and just use all stock voltages. Its rock solid on my mobo, and I imagine it will be on all others too.