SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, software development, surfing the internet, watching movies,
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: need all parts including monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com (something else would work if savings would justify)
PARTS PREFERENCES: i7 build
OVERCLOCKING: Yes (would like to) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (maybe future not necessary right now)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 or better
First I would like to thank everybody on this site for sharing their knowledge, while I am a noob, this still help me a great deal, again thank you !!
Mainly I am looking to build a system to play WoW however possibly other games, new coming MMOs so I am trying to build something that will give me good fps in wow 60+ for time being and not become obsolete in the next couple years
1) is this a good approach or should I look for something in the 800-1k range for now, perhaps wait for i5 new video card series?
2) are the parts below working properly togheter? are there things I need to adjust?
3) is this monitor /video card combo a good choice or should I rather set for another video chipset / monitor size?
4) I would like to overclock this although not much experience, are below components a good choice for overclocking and the cooler ( do I really need that?)
5) is there a i7920 with a 32MB L3?
6) any sites where you would recommend I look for parts, perhaps at a better price or coupons that will bring price down?
You don't need a sound card. The sound card on the MOBO will provide good quality sound.
I would go with the Hanns-G 27.5" monitor myself, since it is a little cheaper.
You could get away with a lower watts on the PSU, but the 850TX has such a good deal it is worth it. I would purchase if all from Newegg, specially with their no interest for 12 months on their preferred acount on purchased over $999.
1. If you are looking for mainly a gaming rig, then this is not a very good approach...
An AMD rig would perform very similar to the i7 for games(But the i7 would blow away the competition in other apps)...
If you are very intel specific, then the i5s would be worth a wait...but I wouldn't completely bank on it...if you can get rather buy the i7 than a lower end crippled CPU...
And about the graphics card, even a cheaper HD 4870 1GB can Max out WoW @ that resolution...
2. The parts you have chosen are very good...
3. 1080p and HD 4890 would compliment each other well...
4. And Yes those are good components for overclocking...And it would be better to have an aftermarket CPU cooler if you want to overclock...
6. You can check out ewiz.com and maybe slickdeals.net for checking out any available coupons...And google is your friend...
Here are a few suggestions that you can consider...
CASE - Though its more of a personal choice, I would suggest you look into the Antec 900 too...It looks very similar to the 1200 and is a mid tower and would be more than suffice in terms of space and would be some what easy to carry around that the 1200...
But thats up to you...
tecmo34, gkay09 thanks a lot for your replies, they are very helpfull.
gkay09 thanks for taking the time to answer extensively my questions, much appreciated.
Based on your feedback I am thinking to:
1) drop the sound card and use MoBo integrated card
2) switch to an Antec 900 case instead of 1200
3) switch to Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28", price/recommended resolution/brightness being better however one thing I noticed is that it doesn't have a DVI connectivity just HDMI ( it is because of build in speakers? if so I can drop the speakers I was planning to buy maybe as well) (I need to check if there is any reasons for which DVI is a must for my system, if not, this seems clearly a better choice)
The only difference between the two I can see is the HDMI port and the core clock speed, not sure which out of those two would be better for overclocking if any difference (being optimistic and actually trying it ).
Also the power conectors seems to be different but I hope my PSU would work for both.
While perhaps I am throwing away money on the 4890 vs another cheaper 4x model I hope will last longer, however that might be wishfull thinking
Would suggest this Sound card over your choice, mainly on Creative sound drivers issues (or lack of good drivers).But with the X58 Mobo's the onboard sound is really good, I would forego getting a discrete sound card at this momentuntil after you checked out the onboard sound card.
ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail $89.00 ($64.00 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping* http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Subtotal Subtotal before MIR's are deducted and with ASUS VW266H monitor, no sound card, with Logitech S 510 Kb/Mouse and before shipping costs = $1808.84 MIR's total = $50 Total with ASUS VW266H monitor, no sound card, with Logitech S 510 Kb/Mouse and before shipping costs = $1758.84
Subtotal before MIR's are deducted and with SAMSUNG 2343BWX monitor, no sound card, with Logitech S 510 Kb/Mouse and before shipping costs =$1738.84 MIR's total = $50 Total with SAMSUNG 2343BWX monitor, no sound card, with Logitech S 510 Kb/Mouse and before shipping costs = $1688.84
1) Monitor size. A 1080P monitor is really a TV monitor with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Compare that to a PC monitor which will be 1920 x 1200. A plus for the 1080P type is that it comes in sizes as larte as you want(>65"). The PC type monitor will usually be 24" in size, and you can get them up to 27". I do think a little bigger monitor is very good for games.
2) HDMI is a digital video connection which includes audio. If you will use a TV monitor with speakers, then that is a good thing.
On the other hand, a separate speaker system should include a subwoofer of some size and surround speakers. For sound, I think the separate system, even an inexpensive one is a much more satisfying way to go. Of course, if you will use headphones, then all this is moot. I agree that the motherboard onboard HD sound is very good.
3) Antec makes good cases, and offers good support. The 900 is a good case, but consider the 902 which is an upgraded version of the 900. If you want to save some money, look at the Antec 300. It has superb ventilation and will hold all your parts in a slightly smaller package. No "bling" though.
4) The corsair 850 is an excellent psu. The 750 watt unit is a bit cheaper, and will do the job equally well. You might also want to look at the PC P&C 750 watt unit. I like them for bottom mounted psu's because their intake fan is in the rear giving straight through cooling.
5) The i5 cpu's and P55 motherboards are supposed to launch on Sept 6. I think you would do well to see what they have to offer. I think you will find a cpu and motherboard that is equally suitable for your needs for about $200 less.