Looking to come back from iraq around october and need a new computer, want to have fun building it and doing my first OC and SLI build. Would like some input and advice on what i've thrown together with my limited knowledge. Thanks ahead of time!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: October BUDGET RANGE: $2000 - $3000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movies, storage, photo editing.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Have my own mouse and keyboard and 28'' 1900x1200 lcd monitor, speakers, windows 7 rc.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, anywhere that has the right parts.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, Nvidia, Full Tower case.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1900x1200 1080p
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I do not need super quiet pc but i need it to stay cool as possible. I have never done liquid cooling before and would not know where to start so was planning on Air Cooling but if liquid would help out my system more then by all means please teach me how to use the force!
I have not done much with i7 builds, but I think you would see much better performance from 2x GTX275's for a little premium, but it would be worth it. I have seen GTX275 SLI top's a GTX295, GTX260's are great cards, but from what I understand the GTX275 is worth the extra, especially with your budget range. Maybe also look into SSD drives instead of the two Raptors? Much faster performance, but less space, you decide. +1 For the CM HAF932, amazing case, plenty of room, good cooling all around. Maybe get a 120mm fan for the bottom slot, it blows directly on the graphics intake, a great spot where you might want a fan.
I'm not sure about Apevia's PSU quality, I think all you need power wise would be something like a 850TX from Corsair, this would save you some to put towards graphics or SSD's.
*The 850TX has a guarantee it can run a dual-gpu config, and also has more connectors than the Apevia PSU. The Apevia PSU only has 70% 5 Star, the 850TX has 80%+ 5 star.
I ran your general configuration through Thermaltake's PSU calculator, came up at ~650W so your in the clear with the 850TX with overclocking and future upgrades. Quality>Quantity when it comes to wattage.
Thanks i did want to go with the gtx 275's but i was not sure if that was just too much overkill or if it was really worth the step up in price from the 260's. On the power supply i really did not know how much the sli and all my hdd's would pull so i just made sure i'd have plenty lol...
Would the SSD's really be beter than the Raptor's? I understand that it's a differnt form if storage and has a lot higher rpm's but i wasn't sure how much the smaller hdd size would effect my computer as i tend to install every game i own and play them when i feel like it. While i could just install the graphic heavy one's on the SSD and all the other's on my storage drives.
On the hard drives, I would go with 2 small SSD in RAID0 for your OS and run your games on the WD Black drives. You will see better performance that way. If you don't need 3TB hard drives, I would change to the 640GB hard drives. They are almost as fast as the VRaptors & cost 1/3 the price.
so if i went with SSD it would be better to JUST run the OS off of them and then run my games on a couple of the WD black drives? The 3TB is for storage of movies/music/programs/etc.
Is there a specific gtx 275 card that runs better than the rest and i should dish out a little more money for or do they all run about the same?
also is there anything you guys would add to the system if it was you? i really have no set price limit just this is what i came up with trying to cut down on stuff i didn't have to have even though i wanted it lol
Ok well deciding to switch to the gtx 275's and the 850TX corsair power supply just because i don't know the other company suggested.
As for my hdd's how much room would i need from a SSD for my OS? "vista 64 or win 7 64bit" Is it worth it buying two SSD's and raiding them? or is just one enough? Also for my games will just one of the 640gb wd black's be good for games or should i also buy a 2nd and raid them for running my games off of?
Last question for this post, is it worth it spending the extra money to get the gtx 275's with the 1gb+ ram or is there even much of a difference when sli'd?
4. For the price that you are spending on those graphics card, you can get ATI HD 4890s, which perform as good as the GTX 275...And the price difference between the GTX 275 and HD 4890 is not justifiable...And actually dual GTX 260 would max out all the games @ that resolution...but the HD 4890s @ that price are hard to avoid... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...