So I read Tecmo34's excellent "Recommended Builds by Usage" thread and have decided to build a modified version of the 2nd "Gamer" PC on the list. Before I go and buy everything, though, I just want to make sure that this design makes sense (I'm a system builder newb).
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming!, video editing (maybe), web-browsing, coding
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Keyboard, OS (have Win7 RC, but want RTM if it fits in budget)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com, any trustworthy site with good deals COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: P55, ATI GPU
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (if necessary) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (but probably not if I have 5870)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, or 1920x1200 if there's a good monitor at this res. that fits into my budget
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I basically have decided what I'm getting, just want to see what others think of my design. Is the 5870 necessary? (Most demanding game I currently have is Fallout 3, but probably will be getting more demanding games once I build this PC.) Also is the M59 case good, or should I get something bigger? Thirdly, would the Mobo have enough room for a second GPU if I ever went Crossfire in the future? Lastly, is the Ripjaws RAM necessary, or could I get by with something less expensive?
CPU- Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750
HSF- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
The 5870 probably will fit in that case, but it will be a tight fit; the floppy drive space will help tho. That mobo can take two 5870s, but you'll hardly need another one for quite a while and it would definitely make that case jam packed.
This RAM is cheaper with only slightly looser timings: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 $110 And still free shipping.
Everything else should be fine and this system will be kick ass!
* There are other RAM sticks to consider too. I like the ones listed below, because they run at stock voltages (1.5V) and the timings are okay. I don't think your going to see too much difference between these and the $127 ones you selected.
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
* If you stick with a single GPU selection, than the Corsair 650tx is a good buy too for $80 afer $10 MIR!!
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
From what I've seen the only possible contender for RAM that is 1600Mhz, CAS 8, low voltage and as cheap would be this OCZ GOLD RAM $108 with $20 MIR. If you're willing to chase the rebate then this is the one to go for but that Corsair is good.