ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be my first home built PC and I am in need of help. I plan to do a moderate overclocking on the i7 (~3.6 Ghz). Below is a list of the parts I am currently considering. Please let me know what you think about the build. I have done research and feel it will be a good build, but as this is my first build any advice is welcome.
My primary concern is system compatibility. Will these parts run well together?
PARTS: (Prices listed include any mail-in rebates offered)
I would stick with the 750TX. You don't need crossfire 4890's for a 1080P resolution either. One 4890 would work fine, but it's not my money. I, personally, would rather spend some of that money on the ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 combo:
Everything's fine really. But go with the HD shortstuff recommended- faster & reliable. Why not SLI 2 GTX 260s? It would be plenty for a 22'', and you could spend the money on an SSD, or something.
just my suggestion. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2x of these @ 320$. You save ~80$.
Just a thought, b/c you don't need that much power.
Thanks for all the replies.
I'll get the WD black 640 GB instead of the Seagate.
As far as the gpu's go -- I plan to have this system for 2-4 years. Wouldn't it be better to spend slightly more on the 2X 4890 than the 260 gtx sli? Some of the benchmarks I've seen show the crossfire 4890s on par with 285 sli for much less cost.
Any thoughts on this? It seems more future proof. The crossfire setup is overkill for all but about 3 or so games at 1920x1080, but it most likely won't be in 2 years.
I think you should get the GTX 260s now and worry about 2 years from now when it comes
The difference between the GTX 260/ 4870 1GB, and the 4890/GTX 275 is 4 months.
To put it another way, at the rate that GPUs improve, SLI GTX 260 will need to be replaced 4 months ahead of the 4890s.
It's a matter of best bang for the buck today, as far as I can see. The longevity per dollar seems to me to be best with those cards. In two years there will be a single card that costs $200 that will beat them. Maybe 18 months.
I will be getting the system I listed with a change to the hard drive and possibly graphics (going to look into more benchmarks on 260 sli).
Are there any very informative guides for overclocking the i7 920? I have never done overclocking and the ones I have found, though I think I could follow them, do not seem geared towards people with little to no overclocking experience.
yeah,it is better to buy an arctic silver(costs like $5).It is not difficult at all to apply,just scrub gently the old thermal compound at your cooler and apply some(though not too much) arctic silver.You can check some tutorials at youtube to see exactly how much you need to apply
I've been doing a little more reading and it seems the Xigmatek Dark Knight cooler is regarded as a much better cooler than the Vigor Monsoon. Would you agree with this?
I'd like to have a 24/7 cpu speed on my i7 920 of about 3.6-3.8 when I get it. With the Dark Knight and the thermal compound you posted in your most recent reply is this possible with the build I have? Also, would it be more wise to up the power supply to the Corsair 850W? I have seen some people that claim 750w is not enough for either the 260 sli or 4890 cf I am considering and then some that say it is more than enough power.
Thanks again Proximon and everyone else who helped.
I am going to be able to build the rig sooner than anticipated. I'll be ordering the parts tomorrow. I'll post how it turns out here when I'm done with the build.