I came to you guys for my assistance in building an office PC for my aunts, a personal i7 build this past Christmas, and now I'm coming for an i7 build for my girlfriend.
She enjoys playing games such as World of Warcraft, Tomb Raider Underworld, and The Sims 3. I tried telling her that she didn't need a machine this powerful, that a dual-core build would be enough, but she insists. She wants to be able to further upgrade it in the future. So I now support her decision
OS and monitor are not needed. We are looking for a pink keyboard, mouse, case, and speaker set so those are not of importance at the moment.
I have based my choices primarily on what I personally own and the current combo deals on newegg.com. However I'm willing to purchase from any other vendor.
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I am heavily debating whether or not this is TOO much space for a female, lol. I'm starting to think 320GBs will be enough.
GPU: EVGA 896-P3-1171-AR GeForce GTX 275 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Is the Superclocked edition worth the extra $28? Do you think she'd be fine with just a GTX 260? I'm kinda jealous at the fact that she'll have a 275 while I'll have a 260 . Perhaps she should get a 260 instead and I can eventually give her my 260 when I wish to upgrade so she can run them in SLI.
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Will this be adequate for SLI in the future? I run a Corsair 1000w in my rig but the price difference between the 850 and the 1000 is crazy .
No need to purchase a factory over clocked card when you can take a few minutes and o/c it yourself while saving $ at the same time. A 850w psu is not needed with dual gtx 275's unless you plan on running a half dozen h/d's or more. A decent 750w psu like a Corsair or PC Power & Cooling is more than sufficient.
Also if you do a google on "ewiz coupons" or "ewiz promo codes" you can take another $5 - $15 dollars off that mobo/cpu combo down below.
Can I be your gir . . . no, wait, you'd have to be the wom . . . no, wait . . . sorry, lost my head there.
Anyhow, your "Yes Dear Build" needs a cooler and a case, and I see Why_Me has posted his excellent build. So I'll just say you really can save some bucks on the mobo, even the mobo Why_me has proposed, by going with the Gigabyte UD3R which, in this combo with the i920, totals $460 and has a $15 MIR: