Alrighty guys after much creeping and research I've finally decided to sign up and interact. Hopefully it doesn't come as much surprise that my first post is asking for help with my build
Anyways to start I guess I should say that I have basically zero experience when it comes to custom built systems. Coming into my decision to purchase a new pc I was just fine to pay an arm and a leg to get someone else to do it. Now after some poking and prodding from my enthusiast friends (whom coincidentally I have quite a few of ) I've settled down into the idea of building myself (with some help from them of course) and saving some bucks.
Now as with everything I intend to spend more than a couple hundred dollars on I began to research this stuff avidly, trying to get as much of an idea of what I would need for this system as possible. However despite this my week long adventure into the computer enthusiast world obviously hasn't left me a master of it all. The point of all this is I'm open, willing, and ready to learn, and I anticipate I may end up sinking a lot more time and money into high end systems then I could ever expect at this stage of the game XD.
Now without further ado, the template for new build stuff.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Looking to start getting everything together for the build sometime next weekish. In short the earlier the better.
BUDGET RANGE: Roughly $1400 - $2100 CAN (or about $1200 - $1800 USD.) I'm planning on buying alot of the more expensive stuff online as I've found the prices differences between USD and CAD to be fairly minimal.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Audio Production/Image Processing/Video Editing/Motion Graphics work (Graphic Arts basically), Gaming, Multimedia entertainment stuff (Movies music internet etc.)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Speakers, OS (Although a recommendation of which OS to use is greatly appreciated)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.ca, NCIX.com (Canadian portion obviously), tigerdirect.ca, memoryexpress.com, nxsource.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: Full Tower Case (I'm planning on buying this locally to save on shipping but suggested towers is appreciated), Intel i7 920 D0 Stepping CPU, nVIDIA Graphics cards (fairly flexible here. Just going by the general consensus on GPU's)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1200 / 2560 x 1600 (Certain circumstances, more of a luxury I'd say)
I plan on overclocking my system quite extensively if possible. Not record breaking or anything but my hope is to aim for the 3.8 - 4.2 ghz range. Haven't really thought much about overclocking the GPU's and Memory but not at all adverse to it, provided I wouldn't have to dig a whole bunch deeper into my pockets to do so for adequate cooling.
I plan on eventually upgrading/including liquid cooling into my system and would be more than willing to do it off the hop if it is affordable, and would fit into the build specs specified. Basically it isn't required, but is preferred.
Aesthetically speaking I want my system to look good (no surprises there.) I'm not big into a billion LED's and flashing colours and lightshows. However I do want a window if possible, and plan on using a strict Purple/Blue/Black colour scheme (obviously colours which compliment this would be allowed/preferable. I'd like it to be as clean and organized as possible. Basically I'm all about clean, simple, streamlined. Not really looking for a system that looks like a rocket ship if you know what I mean XD. I anticipate I will be using Cold cathode tube lighting in addition to a few other lighting devices (Sorry I cant be more specific, they're being supplied by one of my buddies. Will update with more info later if necessary.)
*Note* I'm not adverse to other boards at all really, these are just what I had read to be some of the best ones.
Now I don't really want to shell out the extra cash for the eVGA Classified, although if enough arguments saying I would REALLY benefit from the features and extra performance I could probably pull the cash together. In all honesty I was set with the Rampage II Extreme until I began to read about numerous problems with this motherboard, and the running the GTX 280's in SLi (which is what I had planned on doing) As soon as I read about this I really didnt know where to go
HDD: Kinda up in the air, as long as it was 1TB and reliable I was happy. Suggestions here welcome
Cooling: Undecided here, as I never really finished deciding my Motherboard, and couldn't look at good cooling options for that. MORE than open to opinions and suggestions here, both for CPU cooling and case ventilation stuff.
Case: Also up in the air at this point. Havent gotten around to shopping locally yet. Suggestions welcome.
Alright, hopefully this wasnt to bad of a new build help thread If you guys need any additional information I'll try to get it for you. Thanks in advance for any responses and thanks for maintaining the community It was a huge help long before I signed up