APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: anytime within next month?
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1300 (only more then 1000 if its a significant difference in performance)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Mostly online), Movies,Internet ,Homework
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Have an Evga Gtx 260 216core SSC edition 55nm which i want to put into this and i would probally like to get another identical card for SLi , Keyboard Mouse, Speakers, Monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Not really (But memory express would be nice so that i could go and get the parts locally)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: SLi with the 1 Evga Gtx 260 216core SSC edition 55nm i already own
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1440x900 but might get a bigger monitor
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Already have windows and all programs, I want a large well cooled case maybe even liquid cooling if u guys feel its necessary, (also i will probally have like Memory Express Build the PC for me because im not experienced)
So if u guys could give me a Parts list for this Complete Comp Build i would greatly Appreciate it =]
Sounds like any of the $1,000 core i5 builds that have been posted here this past week would be exactly what you're looking for. I really think you should upgrade that monitor if you want to SLI your 260 GTX, at 1440x900 you're 260 won't be breaking a sweat, and you won't improve your gaming experience by adding a second one.
For case, my two favorite picks are the Coolermaster HAF 922, or the Antec 900.
That case is large, has great cooling/airflow and is set up to run a total of seven 120mm case fans. That mobo down below is set up so you can run either SLI or Crossfire not to mention it comes with plenty of o/c tools. The h/s down below comes with thermal compound. The psu is more than enough to push two of those o/c 260's in SLI.
liquid cooling is not really needed unless you want to push an overclock to the absolute limit. There are some "low cost" liquid cooling kits that kind of work, but a high quality aftermarket air cooler still beat them, and cost less. A true liquid cooling solution with high quality waterblocks, tubing clamps, radiator, reservoir, will jack your build price up very quickly. You also introduce routine maintenance, fluid has to be replaced, and changed on occasion. From my friends who messed with liquid cooling for a while, they said the liquid isn't cheap either.