(my apologies if this is not in a good spot - 1st post)
I've been working this build for a whlie and finally got it in my price range. I want a powerful compt to run any new game without costing a fortune. I think this is the build. Any thoughts? The price is $1472.00
Case ( NZXT Tempest EVO Gaming Tower Case - Black )
Processor ( Intel® Core™ i7 920 Processor (4x 2.66GHz/8MB L3 Cache) )
Processor Cooling ( [Free Upgrade] Liquid CPU Cooling System w/ 120mm Radiator [SOCKET-1366] )
Memory ( 6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1333 Triple Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand ** Free Upgrade to DDR3-1600 ** )
Video Card ( ATI Radeon HD 5870 - 1GB - Single Card )
Motherboard ( ASUS P6T SE -- Intel X58 Chipset CrossFire Supported w/8-ch HD Audio, Triple-Channel DDR3, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, 3 PCI-E MB )
Power Supply ( 800 Watt -- Power Supply - SLI Ready )
Primary Hard Drive ( 500 GB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s - Single Drive )
Optical Drive ( 22X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black )
Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )
Operating System ( Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + [Free 60-Day !!!] Microsoft Office 2007(Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access ....) - 64-Bit )
Wireless Network Adapter ( Zonet ZEW2545 802.11n 130Mbps Wireless USB Adapter )
Yeah it's through IBuypower. I've never built a comp before but I've been trying to price off of pricwatch and newegg. Seems like the price is about the same at the end. Maybe i'm not shopping hard enough?
What about the build itself though? Is it going to be a solid comp for the next couple of years?
Yeah, I'd worry about the PSU also. You want one with full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and 80+ certification. Unless you anticipate adding a second HD5870 for Crossfire, you can cut the size of that PSU down to 500W-550W.
@darkjuggalo2000: yeah! agree with the amusing way they can market it. If that's the case I can give you cheap DDR3-1066 sticks and "upgrade" it to DDR3-2000. What happens after the initial power on is not covered under warranty. =D
Anyway americanritual, what everyone is saying about the PSU is a real important point. Those are high end parts and you need to be sure that your PSU can take it. PSU is not all about the wattage it's churning out but also how stable the voltages are along the rails. Electricity is never constant but the best manufacturers try to keep the fluctuation as little as possible. High fluctuations between voltages i.e 3.1v -3.5v for your 3.3v rail (extreme yes) could severely reduce the lifespan of your parts. Having just bought a MSI 5870 myself, I can tell you that the graphics card is a beast and you really want the security a quality PSU provides you.
CyberPower will save you an additional $30 for the exact same system. I looked at those also and decided that a personal build would assure quality parts were used. Here is the Gaming Rig I plan to build in the next couple of weeks (finally decided all the specs today with the help of a few regs here). Here is the discussion it may help you with a decision or two also.