APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Plan to start buying online by Sat
BUDGET RANGE: around $1500 100+-
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and multi-media
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tiger
PARTS PREFERENCES: no preferences other then an Intel CPU
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No plans as of yet, but would like to keep open
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I have 1440x900 but will upgrade to 1920x900 or 1920x1200 in near future
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: After a few weeks of research this is the build I have come up with. Anyone care to share any compatibilitie concerns I may have, or have better upgrades that are more cost effective please share! Will I need to buy a HSF if I plan on OCing just the slightest, if so I was looking into that Coolermaster 212 I think it was called, or any other recommendations?
CPU/Mobo: That board won't allow you to use the USB 3/SATA III while Crossfired. In addition, the i5 has the same gaming performance as the i7-860 for about $90 less. I highly recommend switching to an i5-750 ($200) and Asus P7P55D-E Pro ($190).
RAM: The CAS Latency 7 Ripjaws are the same price. Get those instead.
Case: The HAF 922 is the same case, just slightly smaller and $65 cheaper with shipping.
HSF: You probably don't need it, but I've heard Intel's stock cooler is very loud as it is. The one you should be looking for is the Coolermaster Hyper 212.
I was planning on going i5 route at first but i am going to be doing a lot of programming and small graphic arts in the next couple of years. An correct me if i am wronng i will gain a large benefit from the HT right?
As for the case had a quick question regarding dust, anyone have major problem with it? How is the antec 902
I have the 902, and I really like it. But it's more expensive than the HAF (shipping). You can pick up some dust filters if it really bothers you.
Hyperthreading will depend on what programs you're actually using. If you know that now, you can more appropriately plan. Or if you're not doing it now, you could wait, as the price on the i7-860 is sure to come down with time.
How is it trying to work inside it for u? Should the airflow be about the same cant find any sidr by side comparisons on cooling i think i might switch to antec 1200 i dont mind paying more for the airflow and extra room and filters.
Do you think the 902 would have clearence with my setup or would I need to buy the 1200? After reading more reviews regarding 'dust' on Haf's it seems like it would be a big problem. Or I should just man up and learn to dust the inside every week??