This will be my very first build and I've done a fair amount of research. The hardest choice by far is deciding which CPU brand to go with, AMD or Intel. They both have their advantages and disadvantages and either or should do the job. Phenom II X4 955 is more cost effective and is extremely competitive in the gaming area. While the i7 920 is more powerful in a broader area of tasks all together.
I'm going for a build with gaming in mind over everything else. I've decided to go over $1,000 but want to stay as cost effective as possible while staying "future proof" for at least a few years. Also when I'm ready I want to tweak things to as high end as possible so a good motherboard is a must.
I was thinking of just dishing out the extra $150 for the Intel build but I keep changing my mind. I was wondering what all of you think and your opinions are welcome!
These are the two builds I've chosen to go with, one being AMD the other Intel, and am open to suggestions.
Neither one is very good, unless you really need modular you can save quite a bit by getting a corsair 750TX and get a better PSU. The seagate 10 series is not very quick compared to modern drives, this drive saves you quite a bit and will give you just as much space but out perform those drives easily. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That is also a really expensive DVD burner, i know people say plextor makes good drives, but i really doubt you will notice the difference between one of theirs an a lite on or samsung drive.
well i'd get rid of the triple channel memory kit and use double. phenoms have only double memory channel. i like my mugen 2 cpu cooler from scythe. it is unbelievably quiet and cools overclocked phenom 955 3.8ghz to about 55C. antec 900? i'd swtich out to antec 300 and save a bundle. psu seems an overkill. get 650 watts from antec or corsair. i'd hold out on the 4890 card to see what the new 5xxx series will be like. get newer seagates. any reason why you are choosing the 7200.10 and not hte 7200.12 generation?
That hard drive isnt cheap, thats about as much as i paid for the IDE version of that drive 3 years ago. Get one of the newer drives you will notice a significant difference in speed and the single drive is a lot cheaper than having to get two drives.
The 10 series is old old old tech, the 1TB caviar black i got is more than twice as fast(which is the most RAID could boost performance by, its normally about 60% more for raid 0) and that 12 series drive is even faster, it is faster than the 300GB Vraptor which used to be the fastest drive available. Cant stop you from spending your money how you want to but you would get better quieter performance from the 12 series for less.
Any 250GB hard drive is atleast 2 generations old, the last generation was using 320GB platters so they were 320, 640, and 1TB drives, the current generation uses 500GB platters providing excellent performance. You really wont need to raid them, a single one would provide sufficient speed, and raid also puts your data at higher risk because you have twice as many platters that can fail.