This comes to a little over $2,600 before tax. Not cheap. I know that building your own can be cheaper but it can be a headache and a big time sink. But after reading some threads here about Dells and other prebuilts I became somewhat concerned, especially with respect to the power supplies. I managed to upgrade Dells a few times with no problem but those power supplies can be a real hassle. The system above comes with an 875W while my 2 recent builds both house 750W Silencers from PCP&C. I expect to need a larger PSU with my new system but not sure how big.
Anyway, if I can get a similar build for a significant savings I'm willing to build my own again. However, I know next to nothing about the newer hardware and will need some advice.
Logitech Mouse & Keyboard <---- $40 but is there anything really worth spending more on?
Edit: Crap forgot the TV Tuner card so I will edit this soon.
The total is about $2250 before tax shipping and any coupon codes I can come up with, which isn't as much savings as I'd hoped for but the components, namely the PSU and MB are probably vastly superior. Still there are other issues, such as the fact I couldn't verify the memory compatibility on ASUS' website.
Anyway I'm not married to anything except maybe the CPU. I'm surprised at the lack of WD drives and single rail PSUs (especially from PCP&C) from the last time I built systems so I wonder how many changes there were that I don't know anything about.
The performance difference for the redlines over these is minimal, and certainly not enough to justify an extra $100, but you will get no benefit from 12GB of ram over 6GB for gaming for now so save that money for now and use it for upgrades in the future. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you only get 6GB of ram and the 5870 you could get a second 5870 which will give you far better performance than the GTX295 would have.
There are a few items I selected only because I couldn't find a item I preferred that was in stock. The HD is one of them.
I have not used ATI cards for a long long time. I have been reading about the comparisons between these boards for a while but one thing that brigs me to this card is that (I am told) it scales very well when running BOINC apps under CUDA. I don't know if something similar to CUDA has come out for ATI boards and I heard rumors of something coming out, but I haven't seen anything about it.
The reason I liked the mushkins is the lower latency which I understand to be important when OCing. I thought about the 7 latency blacklines which are about the same price as the OCZs but they are out of stock. This is something I definitely want to think about though as performance improvements from memory has always been somewhat of a black box to me.
An issue with multiple cards in cross fire (or SLI) is power and space on the MB. Another issue is that, at least with SLI, CUDA does not support video cards in SLI mode. If the 295 doesn't scale well over say a 275 or 285 I may rethink the card I use but unless things have changed I will probably run with a single nvidia card.
Edit: Regarding the 12GB I may not get a performance increase but 6GB isn't really enough for my purposes, or at least I need to allow for using more than 6. My current systems both have 8GB and would benefit from an increase..
Thanks for the info. I really wanted a modular PSU but I guess it's not worth the extra $100.
As for the ATI I mentioned above that unless there is something I missed about there being something akin to CUDA for ATI then I will stick with nvidia. I don't disagree that the 295 is wasteful for gaming purposes but that's not the only use for it. I would like to wait for that DX11 card if I knew it would be out soon. Any idea when it's coming? I do have an MSI GTX 240 in one computer using CUDA and I suppose I could swap it in for now but I don't know if thats the best solution.
And I do want an SSD for the OS and core apps but don't know what the right size is. I was looking at the 128GB drives but do you think I can get away with an 80?
Thanks for the reply. I have since found out that some boinc projects do work with ATI cards so thats a new one for me. And the fermi cards really throw a wrench into my plans. My choice is to hijack a gtx240 from another machine and scrounge up a cheap card for the interim until the fermi cards are out, get an ati, or defer my purchase for a couple of months.
I guess I have the info I need I just have to make a decision. Thanks again.