Quoted price on newegg: $1,233.88 (i expect to spend $100 extra for shipping)
Already decided on a keyboard and mouse, so the only thing missing is a solid psu and a few cables.
I plan on getting a blu ray drive and upgrading to a raid configuration in the future.
Any comments on these posted parts or suggestions on a solid power supply unit would be appreciated.
Spent the last 5 hours milling over these parts so i'm done till tomorrow lol, thanks in advance guys.
Case: A much bigger case for about the same price: HAF 922 $90.
PSU: Are you planning on Crossfiring later? Overclocking? You really need to answer that before we can point you toward an exact unit. Generally, I recommend you stick to Antec Earthwatts, Corsair, Seasonic, FSP, PC Power & Cooling or (depending on needs) OCZ. All of these brands are quality and fairly priced.
And a side note:
CPU: You really should consider going with either the X4 955 or i5-750. The 965 is too close in price to the i5, and isn't as great in gaming. In addition, with the parts you've choosen, the i5's most recommended board (Asus P7P55D-E Pro) is about the same price as what you've got.
Wow, you sure are crippling your fancy build with that little low-resolution monitor. You should really step up to a monitor with a resolution of at least 1920x1080. The 5870 is absolute overkill for anything below that resolution.
shortstuff's right. I didn't look at the monitor (I'm not good at picking them out...). Any of the new cards would be overkill for that monitor. The 5870 is overkill for any resolution under 1900x.
EDIT: Assuming you bump up to the bigger monitors, you won't need to Crossfire for a while. Reagrdless, an 850W PSU would be fine. I know Antec and Corsair have fairly cheap 850W units that would be good.
Again, quality responses from both. I didn't think about the screen resolution being too low for the gpu. Case seems good and its cheaper so thats a plus. The motherboard supporting usb 3.0 and new sata were things i overlooked as well and will add to the longevity of the system. And to be honest the memory was the last thing i was researching and i was somewhat tired/click happy lol. Yes, i will be doing some level of overclocking, mostly the memory up to 1600 from the stock 1333 and i am unsure how crazy i will get with the processor but i'll definetly be experimenting with it. Half the reason i splurged on the 5870 was to offset the need for crossfire for the time being, but when its necessary i will be doing it.
Currently looking into PSU, not rushing to any decision here but i know that a solid power supply is the backbone of any system, which will probably take me a bit over budget but i'll grin and bear it.
As far as the processor goes, well i have to be honest here i'm a bit of an AMD fan. True, i've seen the benchmarks and the i5's beat the 965 on most things. But as long as i'm not compromising too much performance i'd like to stick to AMD. Nonetheless, it is food for thought and i will have to look into an intel cpu and motherboard and see what i can come up with performance-wise. This will be done while my arms are crossed and pouting lol
EDIT: Fully updated parts/price list to come when i settle on a PSU
Considering your budget, for that rig, I would probably buy this PSU:
SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $190. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
...but you can pay considerably less if you are willing to give up some efficiency. I'd keep the modular cabling, since you're starting with just one GPU, and will have those thick extra PCIE power cables to stuff somewhere; and in this wattage range a lot of drive power connectors too.
This one just gives up a little efficiency:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $150 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
...and this one is "only" 80+ bronze:
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - $120. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Edit: BTW, excellent reviews of the last two, and of the first one's slightly smaller brother the X650, may be found at www.jonnyguru.com.
Total parts price: $1,507.91
I'm expecting to be around the 1,800 area after i get os and pay all the shipping.
First parts should be ordered by sometime next week. Those are parts that won't likely fluctuate much like the case, cables, drives. Processor price jumped up 15 bucks in the last 24 hrs, hoping to catch a slight price drop and will order in 2 weeks or so. Same goes for the other higher end parts.
I chose the PSU for its efficiency and reduced heat generation that comes with it. Oh and yes i upgraded to a 24 inch screen just for kicks. Aside from that if anyone happens across this thread in the next couple weeks and knows of a better deal that comes available feel free to post i'll be monitoring during this whole process.
Thanks to everyone for posting and helping out, i really appreciate it.