APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (Probably within a month or two unless you feel I should wait for something)
BUDGET RANGE: No more than $1,200, but the less is better.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (high end games, video editing)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, OS(already have Windows XP Professional)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com)
PARTS PREFERENCES: i7 920
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920 x 1080)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (Relatively quiet PC, easy to overclock, stable)
Hello. I posted something similar earlier with a Q9550 setup, but I think I'll go with an i7 setup since the premium doesn't seem to be that much higher. This will be my first time building a good gaming rig and I would like your expert opinions on this. My goal is to have a fast computer that is primarily for games and I may dabble in video editing on the side. I prefer to be able to install a second card in the future for a Crossfire/SLI setup when my gaming demands increases. I've never overclocked but I look forward to doing that without it being too difficult to do and I prefer for the system to be relatively quiet. It doesn't have to be super quiet or anything. Just something that doesn't remind me of a running engine that is a few feet away from me.
I've been playing around with Newegg's wish list and took the suggestions from a few posters and this is what I've come up with so far.
I like the cooler master case since it has good reviews and it's pretty cheap, but I'm open to different cases if it's better(please state how if you recommend a different case). For the graphics card, I want to get the 4870 1gb or the GTX 260 Core 216 equiv(any recommendations on that?). I chose the 3GB RAM because I will be using XP until Windows 7 comes out. Do you think I need the thermal compound? Thank you for your time.
Hey, I am a really new builder but also doing a similar build to you. I would recommend that you check out the Asus P6T Deluxe V2 or if you want to go with Evga look at the A1 X58 boards. Also got great reviews. Thats really all I have to offer from my peebrain.
Although I would recommend getting a 4870x2, this should be fine, as you can CF the card later. At that resolution, and with that great processor, the single 4870 would really be a bottleneck. If you're wanting high performance at that resolution, you'll probably want to get another. However, 95% of the games out there you'll be able to max with 4xAA anyway
I'm glad you didn't waste $$$$$$ on a pretty case. Sure, the Antec 900 has a bit better cooling then the cheaper cases, but a few $5 fans can usually fix that, and even then, there's not much of a difference.
I personally would have bought the AMD P2 940 BE and a much cheaper 790GX/FX board, but that's just my taste, and I'm poor . There's no denying that the i7's are awesome!
As for that hard drive, I would think 640GB would be plenty. Although it depends on just how much video editing you do. I have Windows 7, Windows XP, Ubuntu Studio 8.10, and tons of games and software on my computer... and still have around 200GB remaining. I also have a few hundred hours of SD DVD's re-encoded (2Mbps Xvid and 320Kbps actually looks great. I can't tell the difference between that and 8Mbps VOB at 720x480), too. Remember that you can always buy a new hard drive if you need to I have the 500GB Caviar Black, it's a very good drive. Runs very cool and very fast. Too bad the drive isn't actually black, not that it makes a difference. The 1TB drive you have there is slightly cheaper per GB then the 640GB.
4870 1gb will over power the gtx 260 in most resolutions, they basically are the same card, not much difference at all.
this will be $1177 without the rebates and shipping so, should be right at the $1200.00
Also, you wont get much better performance from windows xp dx vs windows vista dx.10
I think I read somewhere that said that Windows XP can't handle more than 3 GB of memory which was why I choose just 3 GB vs. 6 GB. Is that still the case? So are you saying that Windows XP with 3 GB of Ram with the older DX is still faster(even marginally) than Windows Vista with 6 GB of RAM and DX.10? If that's the case, then why should I spend money to buy Vista and spend more on RAM? I'm still learning and thanks for your input.
Why_Me how's the the temps on the mugen 2? and is it extremely noisy as the reviews say? Also was it easy to install?
Noise ? LOL No idea seeing how he runs those like 5 x 120mm case fans all on high...no reason to do this but he does. I can find out though what his temps are...I do know he did a mild o/c with it last time I was over there ...I'm guessing he had it somewhere around 3.0 - 3.2. He's scared.