Hello everyone. This is my first post so please be gentle with me ;-) .
I am going to get a new PC next week and I need advice from you in choosing the rights components.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next week BUDGET RANGE: Around 2000$
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multimedia / gaming / video / audio
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, memory (I have just got a 3x2GB kit Crucial DDR3-1333 CAS9, model CT3KIT25664BA1339), mouse and keyboard.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Well...
---Processor: Intel Core i7-920.
---Motherboard: Asus P6T, P6T Deluxe V2 or P6T7 WS SuperComputer.
---Graphic card: NVIDIA GTX 295
---HDD: Thinking in 2 high performance SSD in RAID mode because I prefer speed than capacity. I think I will use a external network high capacity storage system.
---Case: Case: Black, quiet and discreet
Any i7 other than the 920 is overpriced IMO. Unless you really want to try and overclock beyond 4GHz, stick with the 920.
Go With the P6T Deluxe V2 motherboard. The ONLY difference between versions 1 and 2 is version 2 has no SAS ports, and runs about $20 cheaper because of it.
SSD's still seem a little buggy and problematic that I wouldn't recommend them. I will say that installing your OS to one, and then having a couple WD Caviar Black 640GB HDD's in RAID 0 for everything else will give you great performance and enough space for whatever you want.
Antec makes some fantastic cases. I was looking for something similar to what you are, and went with the Antec P182. It's not black, more of a gunmetal with a hint of copper, but it's got dozens of features to keep it very quiet, and I loved the understated beauty of it's design. Please note that it is a mid-sized case so some of your larger aftermarket CPU heatsinks may not fit.
As far as which aftermarket cooler you should get, there are a number of good choices:
Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer (requires an additional mounting bracket)
XIGMATEK Dark Knight
COOLER MASTER V8
Noctua SE1366 (my personal recommendation)
Prolimatech Megahalem (arguably the best cooler available, but it doesn't come with any fans, so add another $10-$20 to it's price)
If space is an issue, the Corsair H50 is a nice option, but you should also consider a full watercooling setup with your budget.
Maybe with this budget, a i7 920 isn't enough....get a i7 940 or the i9 975...jejeje
Even with a $2k budget, the i7 920 is the only way to go. You can get a very high overclock on the 920 with a good cpu cooler. Any other i7 cpu is a waste of money and that has been said over and over again on these forums. Although your budget is $2k I would not get the gtx 295. I would wait until DX11 cards come out and get a 5870. They should be out next month and also you can upgrade your cpu in 2010 to a hexacore if even needed.
The i7 920 is also going for $200 at microcenter if you have a local one near where you live. That is a steal considering they are $80 more on newegg.