I'm going to be building a Core i7 system in the near future, but am worried about parts and future paths. I already have most I need, and even though I will be gaming at a high resolution, I will be using a HD4850 until the new DX11 cards come down in price.
The Scythe Mugen2 seemed to get decent reviews, and it is rather quiet, so I was planning on picking that up. I'm planning on going with an OC to around 3.6Ghz, but I want to keep my system cool and quiet, so that OC is flexible.
I would like to keep my audio card also because I like the sound quality, and I will be watching movies with great frequency. Therefore, down the road when I crossfire, I still want to be able to use it and not have my video cards cover up all of the PCI slots.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 3 days
BUDGET RANGE: $750-$800
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, video encoding, photo editing, internet, general multimedia
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (LG L246WP), case (Antec 300), power supply (PC&P Silencer 610W), audio card (HT Omega Striker), mouse (Logitech G5), keyboard (Logitech diNovo), optical drive, OS (Win7 RC)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: None (so long as there are reliable parts with decent warranties)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (in the future)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1900x1200
Other Comments: A quiet computer is VERY important to me.
Should I get a better motherboard, or is the UD3R sufficient? I'm also not very confident in my RAM decision.
I did tons of research on coolers, but the Scythe offered comparable cooling performance (not as good) with lower noise output. I also looked at that passive 4850, but I will be eventually selling that card to a friend when I upgrade to DX11, and I don't think his case has good enough airflow to allow using passive cards in Crossfire.
I will also look into those case fans. I have been using Scythe S-Flex fans, and have been fairly happy with their noise levels so far. The only thing that bothers me is the weird hum that occurs when my front intake fans pass air over my hard drives.
Thanks for the link to Amazon for that ram, its a lot cheaper.
I've done some research, and didn't see any advantages to running the 1GB card over the 512MB card because it's DDR3 and the bus is still a bottleneck.
Also, I need to stick with the 4850 because I will be sending the card to my friend when I upgrade.
Keep the ideas coming, I'm getting some great feedback, thank you.
the only thing I would add is the Megahlems really have no noise at all, since they do not come with fans. That is why I suggested the low noise, high flow fans to put on them. They are virtually silent on that cooler
Thanks for the advice on the CoGage. It is going to be a little louder than I am looking for however.
I'm still struggling between the ASRock board and the Gigabyte board. I have built with Gigabyte before, and things have gone very smoothly. Is there going to be a huge difference in having 4 ram slots vs 6 ram slots? Also, does it make sense to buy a 6GB kit now (like I'm doing) and then another 6GB kit later?