I pretty much asked for advice to my build last June, it ended up that I waited for the new graphic cards series and the i5 to come out this month, guess it was wise to be patient after all!
I will most likely buy my parts this monday, so I'd like to have your opinion on what I am about to purchase.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Monday BUDGET RANGE: Roughly around a 900$ sub-total, no more than 1000.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mainly Photoshop Editing, C++ Programming, Gaming, Multitasking
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I already bought the case(Cooler Master CM 690) and I luckily got a hard drive for free(Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB). I will continue using my current Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor and OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I am getting my parts from NCIX My dad accepted to get my parts through ground shipping. Are there any other good computer store in Montreal I could check out?
PARTS PREFERENCES: None particuraly
OVERCLOCKING: Not yet, but later
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not at the moment.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Not really.
Looks pretty good except for the ram. The i5/i7 systems are limited to ram that runs at 1.65v MAX. The OCZ you have there is 1.9. Just find one that has 1.65 or less and you're all set.
So far, the OEMs haven't had 1156 HSF out to market. Not sure what is taking so long to see them on the shelves. If you can find one, might be your only choice. Otherwise, use the stock fan for now since you're not planning to OC to start with and get a fan after the reviews are out and a good choice is available.