Well I'm planning my first home built pc @ 13 years old. I know a great deal about computers and such, I just need help choosing my parts. I have a budget of around $1400. Ok so here we go.
Case: Antec 902
Mobo: Asus P6T
CPU: Intel Core i7 920
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Night
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB)
GPU: Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT)
PSU:CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB
DVD Burner: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner
Keyboard: ?Not decided?
Mouse: ?Not decided?
OS: I have a copy of win7 ultimate already
Moniter: I have a TV/Moniter already
Speakers: I have some already
Total Price: 1297.92 but i still need keyboard and mouse
Well I plan do some overclocking (maybe to 3.4 ghz?) and i plan to make this pc last me a while. Im gonna play some games like MW2 and maybe some other stuff
lol all for about 1402$ not only does it have a better cooler, better ram, way better gpu, equivalent psu, way better hdd, better dvd drive, way better case, a mobo that is one of the best for overclocking, an extremely great gaming grade mouse, and an equaly awesome keyboard, it also has a color scheme
ares made some very good changes to your build. (okay he gave you a completely different build.) my only recomendation would be to consider a motherboard with 6 memory slots so you can upgrade in the future. this may be more of a concern for you than most people since you plan on having this system for a while.
I would go with this mobo : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
my reasons are:
-I have always had great luck with gigabyte mobos
-It has 4 pci x16 slots (some are 8x and some 16x, but no card short of the 5970 can really saturate a 8x buss currently)
-It supports usb3.0.
-gigabyte's bios RAID setup is awesome.
Other than that I think ares gave you a very solid and balanced build that you should be able to upgrade in the future and get a bunch of years out of if you want. I have the case ares put in the build too and its an awesome case, especially for the price.
I considered the i5 approach as well, but figured since he said he wanted to make the system last a while 1366 would be a better choice. 1156 wont get a 6 core where as 1366 will. (supposedly) I guess it depends how long MrSmog means when he says "a while" and if he plans to do upgrades along the way, or build it and forget it.
If you plan to go the i5 direction may I recommend the patriot ps-100 32gig ssd instead of the intel. I have two, they are cheap and very fast. I have had no issues with microstutter what so ever.
Going the i7 route leaves you the option of adding a ssd or maybe two in raid over the life of the system.
Also on another note, the 1366 gigabyte mobo I reccommended above has usb 3.0 as well.
I guess I dont see the point of building a 1156 based system if you really intend to keep it for a while and upgrade it. you will be limited in your cpu choice at some point and you only have 2 pcie slots. Maybe 3 way crossfire doesnt look good now, but if 5850s become cheap in a year or two adding one then another would keep your system right up there in the gaming department. Four cards seem to scale very badly but that may change too.
but the reason i wouldnt care about having 3 slots, is becasue 6 gigs is perfect for gaming, and unless (and even if u are) you are doing some serious video editing, 12 gigs is a waste. the foxconn is cheap, an AMAZING OVERCLOCKER, and has plenty of slots. but, ewood has a valid point, and that mobo is fine, but a little less high quality, or get the asus p6x58d, which costs more, but is worth it...oh, and blackhawk took an interseting approach that i was contemplating, but it has 5770, which is far inferior to a 5850:
thats 10-20 fps difference, and the 5770 dips below 45 fps (prefered), and 30 fps (lag). also, 1366 has a definite upgrade path, where as 1156 is looking questionable. also, if you want a 500 gb hdd, the only way to go is the samsung f3, not a WD blue.
Just because the new hexacored CPU's will be 1366 doesn't mean the motherboads current 1366 owners have will support it, secondly, the hexacore will cost wayyyyyy out of his budget, its going to make the 975 EE look cheap i bet. And the build i have him, if he can sacrifice for a bit cheaper ram and HDD and keyboard/mouse then a 5850 will fit his budget and he'll be better set for gaming however mrsmog needs to know that games like Call of duty's (from 1-6) are very easy to max out even on cheap systems, they look cartoony, it won't stress your system much, if you want your GPU to be put to work, then a game like farcry, crysis, bioshock will do a better job as graphics are more realistic...etc