Purchase date: ~3 months
Purpose: Gaming, developing and general use
Preferred stores: Any, but Newegg is more convenient
Preferred CPU Brand: Intel (i7)
Preferred parts: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP, Core i7
Parts not needed: OS, Mouse/KB, Monitor
I appreciate the responses, and Why_Me I have seen your posts in many threads and I definitely respect your choices; So I just have a few more questions.
Question : Do you recommend the GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P MOBO over the GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 ?
Question: How does the Tuniq thermal compound compare to the (seemingly) standard of Artic Silver 5?
Question: It seems this Xigmatek Dark Knight cooler is recommended a lot, how does it compare to the Zalman cooler?
Question: I do not plan on doing heavy overclocking, but I will definitely try, so I was wondering if anyone could offer any Liquid cooling solutions? I maybe be interested in trying to install it on a older LGA775 PC I have since it would be the first time. The silence and effectiveness seems intriguing. I believe Maximum PC reviewed a simple/cost effective Liquid cooling solutions that did well.
Question: Do you recommend setting up a RAID 0 (2 drives) of SAS drives or SSD drives and doing another RAID (add-on board, perhaps?) 1 or 5 for some redundancy? It seems with the current build I would have several hundred left over and I would be willing to do continuous upgrades/add-ons as well.
--Would this help in overall quickness of the machine? Boot up, File copy, etc...
Gigabyte UD5P has about the same layout as the UD4P, not really any extra's that are worth the extra cost imo.
Tuniq, Arctic Cooling MX-2, OCZ Freeze, and Arctic Silver 5 are all good choices and for the most part run neck and neck. I like the MX-2 for the fact it's non nonconductive and there is no set up time.
Liquid cooling is expensive not to mention a lot of peeps are getting 4.0 + on air. I never understood the concept of shooting for the moon on an o/c for a gaming pc. Means more time screwing with the PC, and less time gaming.
If you can hold off for a few months, you should see a considerable drop in prices on those SSD's. They are fast fast fast!
940 and 950's are a total waste of money. And remember gpu > cpu.