SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, video and photo editing/storing, web, etc..
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: in no sooner than 1 year, if at all.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My budget is to stay as far under 2000 as possible. Looking for some changes that may lower me further than I'm at now. Only thing not willing to compromise on is the 5870. Thanks guys!
I'm going with a blu-ray drive as I intend on getting a burner when the prices come down. Will be great for backing up and putting hd home videos on. All suggests/critiques are appreciated. Right now I sit at $1,778.82 before taxes/rebates.
In the build's I've seen it seems with a bottom mounted PSU an extension was needed. Would hate to have all the parts and not be able to complete the build for such a small item.
I do have a question about the HDD. With a barebones drive is there a need to format it before I can install the OS? I'm a little unclear about this. Thanks for the input as I've made some of the changes.
The Zalman is an excellent PSU ((.5 rating on jonnyguru) but it's an odd size. Get a 650 watter if you're sure ya gonna stick with 1 GFX card, an 850 watter if you gonna get the 2nd GFX card as you said in one year.
The Antec TP's are iffy....soem are good, some are not.....the Earthwatts and TPQ series OTOH are great. IS serious overclocking tho, I'd wanna see you in a Corsair HX or better yet, Antec SG / CD series. For the $280 you are spending on the 900 / Zalman combo you could move up quite a few notches in both case and CPU with a 1200 / CP-850 and save $5. ...$14 if ya count the fact that the Antec pairing doesn't need the extension cable.....can confirm that personally.
The CP-850 makes silentpcreview's editor's choice list and garners a 10.0 performance rating on jonnyguru.com
Only the Antec SG series and some Seasonic units have been able to match that distinction.
Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia, and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):
LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136162
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
I'm not sold on the HP LP2465 due to it's high response time. I tried to do some research on PVA vs TN to compare but was not very successful. I originally had the Antec 1200 as my case but was trying to reduce costs, anyone opinions on whether the 1200 is worth 50-60 bucks over the 902?
Some questions remain, is XP mode beneficial? I could not find info on formatting the new hard drive. Do I have to have someone else do this before I start my build?