PURCHASE DATE: towards the end of December BUDGET RANGE: $1,700-$1,900 before Rebates SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 1. Internet 2. Photo editing (large files from an SLR – I’m not a Pro) 3. Games 4. Strong computer with minimal upgrades for the next 3-4years PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: newegg.com i'm open for any other suggestions COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: NYC, USA PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7-920 with an Asus MOBO, WD/Seagate HD, Fast 3x2GB DDR3 (maybe 2000mhz, only if it’s easy to OC it/max stock speed). Good ATI graphic card with an option for a future crossfire with a Samsung display 20-24”, modular PSU with 80 and above, not sure what should be the power. OVERCLOCKING: probably the DDR3 to 2000 MHz (is it worth it?), OC rest of the components may/may not be in a year or so CROSSFIRE: Probably a future upgrade MONITOR RESOLUTION: Probably will buy the Samsung xl2370 which is 1920x1080 OS: Windows 7, 64bit MY BUILDING SKILLS: minimal, last time I built a dekstop, it was a 486 about 10 years ago this will be a cool project for me ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: In general, I’m not a big gamer, I want a new desktop, with the newest tech (i7) and would prefer to spend an extra $200-300 for better parts. I’m trying to be as much future proof as possible, and probably will add more ram and another ATI card in the future.
After weeks of research here are my initial picks, I also indicated the % of how confident I am with this particular item.Here is my initial list of items, feel free to reccomend and add things I've might have missed:
Looks like you have done your research and chose good parts all around.
I prefer the Samsung Spinpoint F3 for HDD at the moment. Larger platters than WD so will be slightly faster. Also cheaper once it is back in stock.
Decent choice on video card, although at that budget it is possible to fit in 5850 or even 5870 with reasonable savings elsewhere.
The PSU you chose is one of the best on the market right now. It is expensive and an area where you can cut costs to upgrade to a SSD or improve your graphics. Also, look into the Antec CP-850. Proprietary design for select antec cases (P193 included) that has improved airflow. It does however limit use in future builds to Antec cases that it fits in. I am not sure if there is a lower wattage model not listed on newegg, don't have time to look into it at the moment.
As for the monitor, this is an area where I am extremely picky. I find 1900x1200 to be preferable to 1900x1080 and always try to recommend a non TN panel monitor. At the same price or lower you could get a Dell 2209WA which is an E-IPS panel instead of TN and still has excellent response time and input lag with the only downside being 1680x1050 resolution. You will however get much superior viewing angles and color accuracy, and even better in game performance by playing at a lower resolution.
I highly recommend looking for an aftermarket cooler even if you are not OCing right away. I like the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ as it is cheap and performs very well, and the only one i have used recently so it is hard for me to recommend any others for socket 1366.
Just my quick two cents. I'm sure there are other things to be said. But it looks like you have a good build going.
The seasonic 80plus gold PSU is a luxury item. A Corsair 750TX is almost half that and still a great PSU that will last for years.
The 5770 is a strong graphics card at 1680x1050 resolution. Since gaming isnt your major focus you will probably be fine with it even at 1920x1080.
Antec also makes the P183, which is a smaller quiet case. The P193 is almost full tower sized. At the high end of cases, mid and full tower is pretty hazy of a designation with only and inch or so difference between the larger mids and the full towers.
Normal screwdrivers should be enough. Onboard sound is probably good enough. Try it and see, you can always drop an expensive sound card in later.