APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next couple months BUDGET RANGE: under 1000 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: movies, school work (adobe illustrator, matlab, spice sofware), web surfing, gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, CPU (i5), mobo (GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, frys COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: already have CPU and mobo
OVERCLOCKING:Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: dual 1920x1080 23" monitors for everyday use. was wondering if I would be able to hook it up to my 40" Samsung 1080p LCD??
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build. Bought the mobo and cpu on a whim at Frys today. Looking to get something for movie downloads and streams as well as music. Plan on hooking it into my surround sound in my room is possible.
Looked into the parts listed above and was just wondering about the case and the CPU cooler. I am new to building a rig and read the reviews and saw that the coolermaster cpu cooler can be difficult to install. I was wondering what your guys' experience is with it or if there is one that is an easier install. Also, how would all of this fit into the CoolerMaster Sniper Case
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 $59.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] k=550%20vx
I will also be getting a 5870 gpu if I can ever find one. Is any brand better than the others for this?
I decided to upgrade to a Blu-Ray player basically because my brother has a vast library of blu-ray movies and I will be using this rig to watch a lot of movies in my room.
Another question I have is about a tv-tuner. Which one should I get?
I would go with that Lian Li case that was reccomended by jbakerlent but the HAF 922/932 are both nice cases too. All the 5870 cards are the same, the brand tells you how long of a warranty you get, XFX gives double lifetime warranty.