Approximate Purchase Date : November 29th, Pink Monday
Budget Range : ~$2300 max (I'm waiting until Pink Monday to make final decisions, I'll get the closest to what I want that is on sale)
System Usage : Heavy gaming
Parts Not Required : Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers.
Preferred Website : Newegg.com, but it doesn't particularly matter other than pricing and convenience.
Overclocking : Nope
Crossfire : Yes.
Monitor Resolution : 1900x1200 (Buying a new monitor)
Additional Comments : See below specific parts
This will be my very first computer build, and other than the questions already posed, should I be buying some cables along with all this?
Also, I'm doing this on pink monday specifically to get discounts. But I'm seeing a lot of things coming in the distance. Should I wait on some things, or am I good to go as far as system longevity is concerned?
Regarding newegg reviews - mostly only people unhappy with their purchase bother to review so the "failure rate" is much lower than the review ratio. Many of the "failure" reviews are probably self inflicted (careless, dont know what they are doing, bought incompatible parts, etc.).
The only "cant crossfire" I have heard is that eyefinity does not work with crossfire. There are reviews with crossfire benchmarks so we know that it works.
Corsair makes good, generally underrated PSUs. The Corsair 750 should handle both those graphics cards and overclocking the CPU easily. If you are going to run those two powerful graphics cards, you may want to consider buying a decent CPU cooler and overclocking it so your CPU isnt limiting their performance.
If you are going to use a seagate HDD, dont go with anything less than a 7200.12. Earlier models had some firmware problems. The samsung F3 seems to be about as fast as anything right now and is very inexpensive.
Not to bad looking at it... Make sure if your going to be using this heavily that you get a good CPU Heatsink. The one that comes with the CPU really isnt that great. and buy better thermal paste then the crap that comes with cpu.
Also why that harddrive? I would recomend the samsung f3 1TB if you want to go for a big drive.
Again, I don't plan on overclocking any bit of my build, so why are you telling me to replace the heatsink? I've been told that the stock intel is fine for my needs, unless you guys think that I should absolutely overclock.
dndhatcher, how much would my CPU limit my graphics cards?
Assuming I got the third party heat sink, what then? Would it be more difficult to put on? The stock heat sink and fan would be custom made for i7, would this heat sink fit worse? I'm concerned because this is my first build, and I want it to be as close to perfect as possible.
I actually asked my PC/Troubleshoot teacher today about the heatsink problem, and he told me to absolutely stick to the stock heat sink/fan, as third parties tend to fit less snugly and the bearings come loose, etc. Now then, all things aside he doesn't make rigs like this and you do. I'm just concerned about what will happen down the road.
The stock heatsinks are contracted (intel doesnt build heatsinks) and are no more likely to fit (and sometimes harder to install correctly due to cheap mounting hardware) than a good aftermarket heatsink.
Here is Anandtech's article. They dont even bother showing twin 5870s on alot of the benchmarks since the frame rates from a single are beyond the monitors refresh rate. http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3643&p=18
Unless you are playing at 2560x1600 then a single 5870 is probably all you really need.