Hey guys, I really would like some input on a new i7 build I'm putting together.
I want this computer to be my all around computer. The three main things are gaming, video trans-coding, and HTPC machine.
Type of PC
1. I am planning to get the i7 to overclock it. I want my oc to be around 3.4-3.6. My main goal in the oc is to go as high as possible without changing the CPU voltage or at the very least a very minimal increase.
2. Silent PC. Some noise during gaming is fine, but I would still like a very quiet computer.
2. I want moderately the temperatures low/medium, mainly so I can get a good oc out of it.
Price Range/Purchase Date
Date: Sometime in September, I know that a month away, but I like to be prepared when I'm going to spend $1500+ on a new computer.
Price: 1400-1600 before taxes and shipping. I would prefer to be on the lower end of that, but its really what ever it takes to meet my goals.
As I mentioned I want to have it all. If I had to make an order of importance, it would be Gaming (WoW Full Graphics 30+ Frames in Raids, COD:MW 2, and future games as well). I would also like to play around with a Hackintosh, seeing as my current computer hates Hackintosh to hell.
Parts Not Needed
OS, Ill just run Win 7 7600 until I decided to buy Windows 7 RTM. I'm not looking for a monitor now, (Mine is 20 inches, 1680x1050) but I am looking to get between 20-25 inch 1080p 120 hertz monitor in the future, for Nvidia 3D. I will probably be using my current CD Burner as well.
Preferred Website Newegg.com I would prefer all parts from here, unless there is a 30-40 difference from another website.
Now this is a bit tricky, because I have a somewhat of a strict price and prices can change after a month. The more controversial parts are the latter ones.
I believe the prices for these are dropping in September, and this is moving down to i5, but not 100% sure. I am however going to be spending $300 on the processor, whether or not the i7 prices are going down.
Intel Core i7 920 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
So far I believe these are probably the best bang for your buck ram in an OC environment.
Hard Drive - $95
The only problem I can see myself having with these is the sound. Are the Green drives quieter by a lot? Will I see that big of a lag between Black/Green when I'm dealing with HD/Gaming on my computer?
Motherboard -$260, but I would like to spend around $200
3-Way Sli is a must in a motherboard. I am planing to use 2 PCI Express 2.0 slots for my Sli configuration, and the remaining for an internal TV Tuner.
I am eyeballing the
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But I really don't want to spend that much money on a motherboard. I just want one that can OC to 3.6 in a stable environment with a voltage change minimal voltage change. Does anyone know a 3-Way Sli support motherboard that is good with overclocking and is less expensive, that would be appreciated.
Graphics Card - $440 (The MSI GTX 275's prices have changed twice within the last 2 days, from 250 to 200 to 250 to 220 currently)
Nvidia is a must, seeing as I will probably be getting Nvidia 3D.
Case - $250, spending a lot on the case for good air flow and a silent PC.
Well this is probably what it comes down to when I want to make my computer silent.
I was thinking the Raven 01 because I saw reviews that said if you put stuff in the case it will automatically drop 4-7 degrees C. Also it is large and thick which may make it a good sound dampener, but I haven't read this from owners, just a random prediction. The 90 degree motherboard is nice for bragging rights.
Heatsink - $55
The hardest choice I am seeing myself making is picking out a good heatsink. I want something quiet yet powerful, and one that has an intake and outtake. I will probably be replacing the fans I get with the heatsink, with quiet ones, if they are not quite already. This is the one I ended up choosing. If anyone else any good ones please put them up. With Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
6. GTX 275s are the best for that resolution...
But as you are going with SLI, I would suggest you save some money going with 2x GTX 260 Core 216...They are suffice for that resolution and would easily max out...But its you call...