APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next week or so. BUDGET RANGE: $800-$1000 Before / After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: World of Warcraft, Multi-Tasking, Movies, Music, General computer usage.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Windows license [Already own a Windows 7: Ultimate license.]
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg and other reputable sites.
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe. At a later time.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 x 1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is going to be a gaming machine and that is basically it. I've been debating on going the SSD route but that will most likely put me at a $1300-1500 price range. Any recommendations are welcome. The Core i5 is what I was looking to build around but I'm open to any ideas.
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103065
Basically I made changes to the case, processor, and video card. The case is obviously a personal thing but I was wondering if I'd see better gaming performance from this build in comparison to the i7 build? Also, would it be worth it going to faster memory?
Looks good, yes the performance would most likely be better. That memory is actually only 2nd to 1600/CL7 RAM in terms of speed and I suggested it because the performance difference is not noticeable and it's much cheaper.
Ahh, why are people always buying crazy overkill power supplies!Downgrade to the 650Watt. Remember, newer hardware is more efficient (More power, less energy consumption) So now a days you need smaller powersupplies for things and plus Corsair makes amazing PSU's (PLus wattage isn't the only important thing, amps is also critical.) so a 650Watt will be perfect and save you money so you can spend them in other things which are more important.
^Also Agree, BrettCB, if you are going crossfire then a more powerful PSU will be a better investment but if not, then a good solid 550-650Watt PSU will be perfect. I just didn't see the "maybe" in his form so I thought he wanted a single GPU my bad sorry about that.
This pretty much sums things up
"In any case, though, Gill specifies that this problem "will probably occur only in extreme overclocking scenarios." We haven't suffered any hardware failures when overclocking Core i5 and i7-800 processors in our labs, and neither did Gill "with air or water cooling overclocking up to 4.3GHz." The vast majority of Lynnfield users can probably rest easy for now."