APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: now
BUDGET RANGE: 1200-1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming of course : )
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: DVD, monitor
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, as long as it's not to complicated
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200
I was looking at the $1300 SBM rig and was thinking about getting it, but I'm worried about the cooling issues and the problems they had with the Xigmatek in that case.
An issue I have is that I'd really prefer a Micro ATX case for portability as I'll be moving to South America soon and don't want to haul around a giant case.
I've been building an i7 gaming machine for myself over the past couple of months, (just need to get the video card) and it's in your price range. I'll link the parts and their cost (before MIR's and shipping costs) from newegg below.
All that comes to about $1,340 (again before shipping costs and MIR's) with 2 of the HDD's I listed.
I didn't include a case, but as long as the one you want is getting positive reviews, it's really more personal taste than anything IMO. I chose this one: Antec P182 $145
It's heavy which you probably won't like, but I would stay away from micro ATX boards and smaller cases if you want to build an expensive gaming rig, if only because it's a lot harder to keep their temperatures down. (especially in South America, I assume) I'd hate to see you fry your $1,500 PC.
This setup will be able to overclock very well if you choose to do so, it supports SLI if you want to slap another GTX 275 in there at some point in the future, and I've been very happy with it so far. It's a solid build, and should upgrade very well over the years.
Let me know what you think, I've done a ton of research on exactly what you appear to be looking for.
Jung made this post http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/264733-31-i7cube and I like the idea of an i7 cube system but it seems he's having cooling issues. Are there better cooling options out there? I don't care if I have to leave the case open. I find that my PCs are open even if there isn't cooling issues.
LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the SX58H7 appears to only include the case, PSU, and mobo. That makes the $650 price tag a little extreme IMO. That's over $100 more expensive than what I paid for those 3 components for my PC. You'll also be limited to either 2 single slot cards, or one dual slot card, which should be fine, but it's much less upgradeable than a full size ATX board. I also wouldn't recommend overclocking it to any large degree, as it appears to have problems sufficiently cooling everything if you run it hot.
If you want portability and convenience over performance and upgradeability, it might just be the thing for you though.
Here's a nice little single card set up that comes with a red LED modular psu to match the case. That case is lighter than a lot of MATX cases not to mention it comes with a carrying handle. It's new to the market, and it's made with LANS in mind.
Tom's used some $150 Kingston RAM in their review but I went the G.Skill that Why recommended. Thanks for the tip on Win 7 too, Why. Had the size been an issue, I'd prolly woulda gone with your build but I don't really trust airline ppl with new rig. This one's really small and I'll be able to fit it in a carry on. I just hope they'll let me take it on the plane. I was gonna go with a cheaper rig like the $600 cube SBM, but I noticed newegg doesn't ship internationally and I'd be stuck with it for a while.