okay, I've tried to talk myself into the phenom 955, then the i5, but I just can't do it. i'm that guy that needs the i7. I know it's not the best for my money, but I don't care. That being said.. I don't need a monitor or a graphics card. if it matters, my screen res is 1680x1050 and i'm waiting off on a dx11 card around january. i will not be crossfiring cards, just one, pretty sure i won't change my mind.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: windows 7 release date
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: games, programming, IT homework, music, movies, internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, gpu
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: intel i7, g skill ram
OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: yes overclocking.... no crossfire....
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
here is what i'm getting for sure.
core i7 920 - $280
CORSAIR 650W PSU - $100
Western Digital 640GB HD - $75
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - $7
Windows 7 64 Pro - $135
Samsung DVDRW - $32
Antec Nine Hundred Case - 100
i want 6gigs of g skill ram, not sure which set to go for.
i want a mother board that's easy to overclock, ive never done it, but i would like to get the i7 up to 3.2-3.4ish. if i read correctly the evga has a program that does it for you? also would like to have a mobo that auto detects ram at 1600 if possible as ive never gone in and changed settings in the bios.
can anyone recommend a good heatsink and fan that matches up the cpu and mobo combo
again, shooting for around $1100. $1000 would be better.