Hello, I'm a first time builder looking to build a PC for gaming, programming, and maybe creating music on.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Around now
BUDGET RANGE: $1500 USD limit, but probably around $1300
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Multitasking, Storage, Video, Music, etc.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, or anywhere else I can get a good deal; microcenter
PARTS PREFERENCES: Some stuff listed below
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, at stock or under stock voltage. I've never OCed before.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe down the road
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like stability, ability to multitask, ability to play most of the latest games without frame rate/graphics problems.
I might add another comparable hard drive to this computer down the road, and as mentioned above, another graphics card (though the latter would only be if I notice a performance issue with games, and not something I have a definite plan on including).
+Are there any incompatibilities with my parts/ are there cheaper but comparable parts for my build? Comments on brand choice?
Mostly wondering about PSU (sufficient for crossfire later, and two hard drives?), Case (size), MoBo/memory (haven't really done any research on those, just picked one that seemed decent)
+Is newegg free shipping reliable, or should I pay for FedEx shipping for products (most specifically for LCD, hard drive, etc.)
Everything will work together with what you have listed. I would suggest an 80 Plus rated power supply if that one is not already. If you are planning to Crossfire get a 650W at least with an 80 Plus rating at least. I didn't take a look at your motherboard since the link isn't working correctly but if you are looking to Crossfire make sure the PCIe lanes are 8x8x and no lower.
I would go with the Asus monitor as they look great from what I've read in reviews. 4GBs is plenty for normal gaming intentions. You really only need a cooler if you live in Florida of planning on over clocking. If you are getting a cooler I would take a look at the Cooler Master 212+. It performs very well for the price.
Newegg ships fine. Don't pay triple for FedEx as they just treat their packages the same anyways. Its just really bad luck if your components are damaged. I've had quite a few orders from Newegg and never had shipping damage.
^ That is a good build...but definetly change the mobo if you are planning to add 1 more HD 5870 in crossfire...The PCIe slots on that mobo will work only at x16 and x4 when 2 cards are populated and not x8x8...So the 2nd card would be capped by that limited bandwidth... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...