Okay, so here's my latest stab at a new build. My current computer is approx. 5 years old and I'm in dire need of an upgrade. I'm open to suggestions on all of the parts. I'm particularly interested in any suggestions for a solid i5 cooler...I was thinking Prolimatech Megahalems but I see it's 775/1365 sockets only. I'd also appreciate any tips for bringing the cost down slightly (in spite of adding the cooler). Thanks in advance!
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dragoon190, thanks for pointing that out. I'm definitely overclocking but am unlikely to crossfire. However, it's only a $10 difference after MIR, so I've updated the OP.
DNDHATCHER, good call on the ram. I like the set you picked and have updated the OP. I hadn't forgotten the cooler, just didn't know what to pick. I really like your selection here as well (also add to the OP). Any recommendations on a thermal compound?
As for the motherboard, I'm torn between the EVO and the Deluxe. There aren't too many reviews out there. I'm sure both boards are good, but I hear the Deluxe has better power management making for a more stable overclock. I'm open to opinions/recommendations.
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dndhatcher, well I definitely don't care about 10 channel sounds, probably wouldn't fidget with multiple bios setups and I'm going to do a fairly conservative overclock -- I think you made that decision easy! Thank you.
Why_Me, you're a comboing machine. Thanks very much for the work. My only change will be from the HAF 922 to the HAF 932, largely because the 922 is too large for my desk's hanging CPU hold (9.5" wide).
All the help is greatly appreciated, and I'm really excited to get my hands on this new build!
Thanks for the response. I was thinking two drives because I'm going to have to reformat when Windows 7 rolls out in late October. This way I can store my files on one drive a reformat/reinstall on the other drive.