First time builder 2nd post, but I have a much clearer view of whats around and what I want. Sorry for two posts but I was a bit clueless before so ignore my previous post
Purchase Date: Asap
Budget: $2k £1.3k or less
Usage: Gaming, Video Playback, Video & Photo Editing, Photoshop, Surfing, maybe a bit of work!
Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, OS (Windows xp)
Crossfire: Maybe later (when required and 975 isnt $1k)
Resolution: 1280 x 768 and up for games (xp is unreadable any higher)
As far as I can tell everything here is ftw, but let me know if I should switch anything or add anything like zalman instead of cooler master. Don’t worry about the cost too much as I am in the uk so newegg is for demonstrative purposes only. May go for standard intel heatsink/fan to start as Im not overclocking it yet.
Im a bit worried that the 10.5’ hd5870 wont fit in that case (which I really like so have already bought)?
Current monitor is a 30’ sony lcd but it’s component not hdmi and doesn’t support 1080p, so I may upgrade it in the future. It has vga in though and most cards have dvi>vga adaptors. This is still ok right?
Any advice is welcome, but my main concerns are cooling, graphics card, and the mobo.
I am curious why you would want the 950 over the 920, if you are willing to overclock, but obviously the 950 is higher ranked for a reason.
Also, are you stuck with Windows XP? Also, do you have the 64-bit version of XP? Two things about this. XP-64 had had some issues, and if you are going 64-bit, then Vista or 7 is a better option for stability and efficiency. Also, if you don't have the 64-bit version, but only have the 32-bit version, then you will be limited in the amount of RAM you can use - particularly capped at 4gb (including GPU ram). Just wanted to make sure you are aware of this limitation (if you weren't already).
Everything looks good. If you can get your hands on a better, aluminum case, you'll see much better temp levels, especially if your ambient temp is going to be high.
I would recommend going with the i7 920. Almost every chip can be easily overclocked to 3.6Ghz - 4GHz. The heatsink you have would be fine for the overclock. Even if its less than $100 difference between the 920 and 950, you're still throwing money away on it.
I'd recommend getting faster RAM PC16000 is fine, but you'll want some headroom, especially if you want to get the best value from overclocking slightly. The difference in cost is minimal. In fact, the money you'll save buying a 920 is probably 10x more than the price different of the RAM.
Lastly, Remember that your Windows XP 32-bit won't recognize your 6GB of RAM. You mentioned getting windows 7, which would be a good choice, so the 6GB will help you there.
Everything else looks good, video, hard drive, optical drivers, etc. The all look good. The aluminum case is a good buy though, especially if you're doing all air-cooling.
My advice: Go with the 920 processor, spend slightly more on faster RAM and the rest of your savings from the CPU on an aluminum case.
I did forget the psu somehow?! I've added it in above it's the corsair 750w.
I might think about the 920 if I can find one for about £160. I'd probably run the 950 without oc for now.
I live in the uk so ambient temps will only be high for about 2 weeks of july! To be honest I don't think that'll be a problem where Im at, temperature rarely gets above 20c except those 2 weeks. Sorry no Fahrenheit
Kingston and PNY I would avoid. They are always the cheap discounted RAM at Frys for a reason.
An SSD would speed boot time, game load time and map load time. It would have no FPS benefit during play. They have also been improving rapidly over the past year so my opinion is you will regret buying one today in six months when even better ones come out. You need to be really careful if you do buy one. There are only about 3 good models out right now, the rest are year old tech that is far inferior.