Hello all, this will be my first custom PC build and i would like advice, for a start i'm not sure on the "best" time to buy, as i don't want it to be outdated right away!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: One week
BUDGET RANGE: 1,500.00 GBP - 2,396.56 USD
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Live streaming games, Video Editing, Multitasking ect
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: overclockers.co.uk? ebuyer.com? i don't know many others...
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to be Intel based
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2560x1024, 1280x1024 for gaming though [May want to go up to 30" in future!] by the way, i have a 32" sony HD 1080p TV, never tried hooking the PC up, any ideas how it would be?
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am not too into the whole neon thing, though it is an option, i want it quiet so im able to sleep at night and leave it on!, Live streaming may sound strange but i get some enjoyment out of it and want the PC able to handle broadcasting in 720p (see justin.tv for example) this takes up alot of FPS and i'm not sure if its possible to fix this. Overclocking i would of course want to do, but i have no clue how to do it yet. Watercooling would be nice, but ive heard stories of people who get say 4C higher off air and not wasting all the money on watercooling, i have been told air is all that's needed.
ASUS Rampage II Extreme iX58 Socket 1366 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard http://www.ebuyer.com/product/160932
(I was looking at the Gene too but had some concerns if the case would allow it to fit since its "mATX" ?)
Powersupply is not decided yet, my current PC had an OCZ 700w that broke after a year, i am currently using an antec quattro 1000w that seems to do a great job, it's only powering an 8800GTX though so abit overkill and may swap the PSU so i can use it in this more demanding build.
switch that ram to the patriot ram on OCUK as it's a good £50 less and will perform the same.
for a PSU look at the PCP&C 750w on OCUK if you're only going to have one graphics card or the corsair 1000HX if you plan on adding a second. Or there's a bundle with the case you mentioned and a modular antec 750W PSU which will do just as good a job and save you a bit on shipping.
Go for the 4ghz bundle, It's amazing value for money and you don't have to worry about overclocking it yourself.
i would suggest building it your self and learning how to overclock and i suggest also using the antec 1000 watt you have because this build will need a 850 watt psu so you would be good while using 1000 watt
you will need some tools to build the pc
1-Anti-Static wrist straps
i have always loved this kit Belkin Professional Computer Tool Kit 36-Piece - Fully Demagnetized as it contains everything you will need for building a pc
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound(you spread a little of this compound on the bottom of the cooler so that it would help in connecting between the cooler and the cpu and this will make the cpu cooler)
1-put the processor in the socket(there will be a little mark on the cpu and a little one on the motherboard you have to line them together so that the processor is in it's right position
2-make sure to connect the 2 gpu using the sli connector
3-please make sure that you don't spread a large amount of the thermal grease on the bottom of the cooler
4-make sure to prepare the motherboard outside the case
5-make sure to read the motherboard instructions menu
6-at the back of the case there is a piece by which the usb and etc cables are connected to the motherboard push it to from inside the case using the back of the screwdriver and you will find another one in the mobo's box this is the piece which must be put instead of the case's one
edit:the bundle is very good but the motherboard,cooler and ram i suggested are all better than the one in the bundle so that i would recommend learning overclocking and overclock the processor yourself and the ultima eliminator system isn't as good as the one you would build using the parts i suggested
well the 4890 cf is better than the gtx 285 at 1920x1200 resolution and also at higher resolutions and at lowe than 1920x1200 the 4890 Cf is less than the gtx 285 sli with a maximum 5 frames so +1 to the 4890
i totally agree that the samsung F1's are faster but i trust western digital but it seems that i may try samsung harddrives in the future so +1 to the samsungs
well i don't really agree about the titan fenrir i know that it is one of the best coolers and it is better thermal right ultra but there will be about a 1 degree or just a little more difference between,on the other hand the thermalright ultra is quieter than the titan fernir
+1 to the ocz freeze
ops i forgot to tell him that he will need an anti-static mat