Hey everyone, finally time to start building up a new PC as mine is 4 years old and is still rocking out a Pentium D!
I plan to do a lot of gaming, but I also intend to do live broadcasts on jtv and such. I'm going to use software to broadcast and this is VERY, VERY resource intensive. For example, if I stream basically anything at 320x240 resolution, it runs my Pentium D at around 70-80%, and with this new build I want to be streaming 720p resolutions.
Which means I need a very good processor, and probably a lot of overclocking. I basically want to go super overkill on cooling (while still using air) and hopefully get my overclock up to near 4ghz on an i7 920.
I probably won't have this computer finished 'till november/december, so a lot of the motherboard/GPU things and so on will change, but I have a feeling for the most part the cooling things won't change too much, so that's what I'm mainly focused on currently. But of course, talking about what to get for the other parts obviously doesn't hurt.
So, now that you all know what I plan to do with this computer, let me show you what I've been looking at thus far.
Mobo: Undecided, I'll probably end up getting something that's in a combo deal with another product. As I said before, I do want an incredible base, so I can just upgrade the other things as needed, so I want a great mobo. I want a great mobo for overclocking, and one to fit multiple huge GPUs, and so on.
RAM: Undecided, I do know I want 6 gigs, and obviously DDR3. I do plan on overclocking the RAM.
GPU: Again, undecided, but I do plan on getting a 1920x1080 monitor. I'll probably go with a GTX 285, unless the 295 comes way down. As I've said before, I'm not TOO concerned completely with the GPU, and more so the CPU and it's cooling, for live broadcasting purposes.
I'm also thinking of getting Windows 7 to run this with, but I may change to Vista, depending on how well Windows 7 goes at launch. It's really expensive, so it's going to be a hard decision.
Well, thanks for reading through this guys, any help filling in the blanks, tweaking my choices and so on is greatly appreciated. I don't have any super strict budget, but I would REALLY like to keep this well under 2k. I've already got mouse, speakers and keyboard taken care of, and the monitor can wait.
So here I'm going to post my opinions/questions on things, I appreciate the response!
Lets see what I can do to help you out. "Cooler Master 840 w/ window" I really don't want to spend the extra money, why would I need a window? Also, an above poster said the Antec 1200 is better. I've looked at many, many case reviews and they've all said the Cooler Master 840 > Antec 1200. Can you show me one that says otherwise?
"Your PSU selection is good, but look at this Corsair 850 watt one" That one is nearly the same price as the Corsair 1000 watt, why not just get this one? Also, someone above said get a 750watt as it's enough to run 2x GTX 275, however as I said in my original post, I want this computer to last many years through upgrades, so why not just get a good base (PSU) so it's good to go for later?
"List of good Mobo's, ASUS/EVGA." I'm probably going to go with the ASUS P6T. I have a question though, does one directly relate to PC performance over another? I don't really care about bells and whistles.
"List of good RAM"
I've been looking at the Corsair dominator tripple channel kit, but it's rather expensive. The one you posted right above it looks nice too. However, the specs on both seem to be the same, the speed, capacity, etc. How is one better than the other?
I've been hearing about the TRUE, how it's really good. I have a couple questions though. 1) Where to buy it? Newegg no longer carries it. 2) Does it cool by itself, or will I need to buy 2 120mm fans and run them in a push/pull set up to get optimal cooling? Also, how hard is that to set up?
I would suggest you go with this Graphic card from Evga instead of the GTX 295 or GTX 285.
A 285 from EVGA is the same price as the 275 you linked, why should I not just get the 285?
Items you will need. Thermal Compound and Thermal Cleaner.
You will need this 8-pin Power Extension Cable for most Cases that has Bottom Mounted PSU.
Yup yup, I'm aware of this and got it covered. Thanks again.
Now to the Operating System. My suggestion would be to download Windows 7RC 64-bit version and then buy the full version when it comes out. Do you really think so? *Shivers* Windows 7, $200 at launch.. Sooo expensive, I don't have money coming out of my ears sadly. This whole set up is a REAL stretch on my budget. But boy do I want Windows 7.