I decided to go with a prebuilt because I don't really have the time/patience to figure out putting one together myself. This is what I put together over at www.cyberpower.com. I assume they wouldn't let me put imcompatable parts together but I wanted to let you guys run take a look at it it first.
The first question, are any of these parts going to cause a significant bottleneck in the system?
I am worried about the motherboard, that's the part I know the least about.
I know the I5 can be overclocked like crazy, what about the GPU's? Would OCing them be necessary? And the RAM?
I have selected two GPU's and will be using them in Crossfire.
* CASE: Azza Orion Gaming Mid-Tower Case with See-Thru Side Panel (Black with Red Lightning)
* Neon Light Upgrade: NONE
* Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case
* POWER SUPPLY Upgrade: Corsair Power Supplies (750 Watts CMPSU-750 TX - Quad SLI Ready)
well for the price, its not horrible, though building it yourself you can choose exactly what parts you want
though the total i have is around $1100, you wouldn't save a lot, though you wouldn't have to go with the horrible raid-0 of 250GB drives, the samsung spinpoint F3 is 500Gb/platter (faster transfers than the 250GB/platter you would be getting0
Well man to be honest with you CyberPowerPC seems to forget to do somethings or test everything. I got a pc from them a couple years ago where the driver on the dvd/cd burner was so old it wouldn't even burn cd's!! I had to find it and update it myself. Recently though I spent about $900 and built my onw pc for the first time and had no problems at all!! And I'm a guy who does not OC at all, totally clueless when it comes to that. You seem to know a good bit about OCing though and can probably build your own pc easy.
FYI my build was:
mobo - EVGA x58 SLI LE
cpu - i7 920
ram - 6gb Corsair XMS3
video - XFX Radeon HD 4870 1gb
psu - Corsair 520hx (520 watts)
Case - Cooler Master Storm Scout
heatsink/fan - Cooler Master V8
Samsung cd/dvd burner
Sure it takes time but since it's your pc you put more love and care into it getting the wires just how you want them and everything. OH and another thing, I see you got 2 sticks of ram. Make sure your motherboard is dual channel then and not triple channel. For instance mine is triple channel so I just have 6 1gb sticks.