I'm looking to build a new system to be used mainly for gaming, movie/TV show viewing and software development. Being able to game and watching movies/TV shows simulanteously is a big plus.
I do plan to overclock (CPU and Video) as much as air cooling will allow. (I'm not fond of the idea of water cooling.) The 2 video cards will be configured for SLI. My display is a Dell 2408WFP (24" Widescreen) LCD. I also have a second 20" LCD monitor that I plan to use in both SLI mode and not.
Current operating system will be Vista Ultimate 64-bit with plans to upgrade to the Windows 7 equivalent when available.
I plan to purchase the system within the next week or so, with most of the parts coming from MWave. (MWave has the lowest price one the case I want.) I do tend to shy away from NewEgg because I have to pay sales tax for my state.
I would appreciate any and all feedback on this system. I am extremely interested in my choice of CPU cooling, especially since I plan to overclock.
Case: LIAN LI ARMORSUIT PC-P50 Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower
a good water cooling will cost you at least 3 times of a decent air cooling, which i feel isn't that necessary for the amount of extra oc it allows you to do.
I'd recommend Prolimatech MegaHalem, TRUE, or Cooler Master V8. Prolimatech Megahalem is made by the people who use to work for Thermalright and they have a better installation process than TRUE in my opinion.
Thanks for your advice so far. I've updated the original post to use WD Caviar Black drives. I wasn't able to find the 640GB drives from the places I'm ordering, but did find the 500B drives.
As for the cooling, I've been doing a bit more searching. What do you all think about the Ultra ChillTEC Thermoelectric CPU Cooler? That looks like an interesting approach that might be better than straight air cooling, though perhaps not as good as liquid cooling.
Nevermind. I should have searched the forums first.