I'm a first time builder and have been a Mac user for many years. I've played WoW for far too long and am starting to itch for all those PC games I've missed up until now. I originally planned on spending $2500 to $3000 for a "gaming" notebook but ultimately decided I really didn't need any portability and I can get a lot more out of a desktop. I have spent the last 2 weeks looking through other builds and researching what it takes to build these things and think I'm finally ready to go for it.
I will be experimenting with overclocking the i7 (probably the 3.5-3.8 GHz range) and I have decided on a PSU with some realistic expandability without going overboard. I already have an Antec 900 case that I got from my brother and plan on using it. I need EVERYTHING else though.
I'll look for combos on Newegg before I order and I'm not in a huge rush, but here's what I have for now:
COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail -- $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Alright, I know next to nothing about after market cooling systems. I thought briefly about water cooling but think it's a little out of my comfort zone and I'm not sure I really need it. I like this one because, well, it's a freakin' V8. I'm pretty flexible here.
Antec Signature SG850 850W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail -- $229.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
After reading some reviews on this PSU I'm pretty happy with my choice. I originally looked at the Enermax Revolution85+ 1050W but thought it might be too much for what I need.
SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail -- $399.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I've been going back and forth between this and a GTX 295 and ultimately picked the 4870x2 for the $100 price difference. I want a really good GPU and am willing to pay for it but I'm also thinking of adding another in SLI or Crossfire when I actually need it down the road as opposed to now when they are still so expensive. I welcome any and all recommendations or suggestions on this.
Nice build there blueman, quite impressed. Loving the psu choice aswell. You will probably be pressured about getting a single rail but, alot of people have there opinions and ill give you mine.
IMO: 12v railing should always be looked at when getting a computer. Main concern is which to get?
Alot of people look at 18a's as crappy amperage even though there 4 12vrails. Thats in actuality, alot. 1 gpu will not power a full 18a of railing.
Its a better oc/nice for gaming etc. Your showing 22a+ on each rail which is great.
Sure as time goes by capacity kicks in and and wattage burns out reducing some amps probably but, thats why alot of people would rather get single railing or like to suck up an electricity bill . All in all, should last you a great amount of time.
i've got a 2500dpi ocz mouse and theres an eXtreme button on it, its like a bind button, instead of shooting 1 bullet out of a pistol or sniper rifle it will double shoot . and on semi automatics it shoots faster and double the bullets come out
Sick build OP. I am going to throw in a suggestion for the 295 over the 4870x2. I am not an nvidia fanboy (having owned AMD cards my entire life until I made my recent system build). IMO, if you're going to be gaming, you will be doing yourself a favor by spending the extra $100...especially if you're into single card, dual-GPU configurations.
The 295 will outperform the 4870x2 in almost every game at 1920x1200 (sometimes by a very significant margin)...the 4870x2 gains a slight advantage in some games at resolutions higher resolutions because it sports more memory.
In terms of driver support, I am extremely satisfied with nvida. They have already released multiple drivers significantly improving the 295s performance and are continuing to develop them. Given that the 295 is so much earlier in its lifecycle than the 4870, I think it is incredible that its driver support has already caught up to and maybe surpassed the 4870.
I also believe that the cooling solution on the 295 reference model is better than the 4870x2.
Which games are you playing? Your monitor's refresh rate is 60Hz, which means you don't have to care if a card gets 18000 fps and another gets 65 fps - you'd still see exactly 60 frames on the monitor. Same thing for the second card - you don't need Crossfire or SLI if a single card can deliver 60 fps or more in your favorite games.