The trigger has been pulled and it has been purchased!
I'm looking to take the plunge and build a PC. My experience is limited, though. From the research I've done so far, I've come up with what is below. What I have so far has put me in the upper part of my spending range. I'm 100% content spending this much, but is it too much power?
Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1-2 Weeks. Budget Range: $1000-$1800. System Usage: Adobe Master Suite (mostly Photoshop, CS4 series), gaming (WoW mostly), general surfing. Parts Not Required: All peripherals, I'm ONLY building the tower. Preferred Website: Just Newegg.com Parts Preferences: See below for my starting point. Overclocking: Yes, moderate. SLI/Crossfire: Yes. Resolution: 1920x1200.
Here is the part listing that I am currently at (updated 01/26/10 3:20pm EST):
Looking for feedback to see if I have good choices, if any may be overkill. I'm happy at this price point, but I don't know hardware as well as most on this website. Thank you in advance for your help!
Looks like you're basically set to make the call, but (not sure if I mentioned this earlier, if I did and you didn't like the idea you should ignore me) you can go with the Samsung F3 Spinpiont 1TB which is faster/quieter/cooler than the WD drive you have listed and runs only around $85. The only problem is that sometimes it's a bit tricky to find, and in the case that it's unavailable everywhere go with the Seagate 7200.12 which is the same price as your WD, but faster.
Don't blow the extra money on the better motherboard... USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0gb/s are features you won't really be able to take advantage of in the near future especially because 1. they'll cost you a premium and 2. you probably won't be upgrading your harddrive soon and 3.0gb/s is already super fast. You're better off saving the dough and using that money on your next system
For WoW, a Radeon 5770 is fine, but your overall performance is so great that the only thing lagging you behind would be the graphics card. You could wait and add another card later, but I would get a Radeon 5850 instead of 5770
The Asrock x58 Extreme is a very nice board with a load of features. USB 3.0 isn't going to be mainstream for the next two years for sure, (Intel, if my memory serves me correctly) is even blocking it being implemented on current motherboards as a standard feature and is pushing the date to mid 2011, also how many devices have you seen that support USB 3.0? probably a few external hard drives, but E-Sata is still far quicker and the asrock just happens to have a powered E-Sata connection.
6.0 Sata is also still no where near mainstream and even when it does mainstream only SSD will take advantage of the added bandwidth. I love the idea of adding a SSD but the price just isn't right (for the moment). Also you have chosen two Sata 3.0 hard drives which are very quick and very large, do you honestly think you'll be buying a SSD anytime soon? and how many current SSD's utilize Sata 6.0 full potential?
It's obviously just something to think about, I mean you could always buy a USB 3 or Sata 6.0 card at a later stage when they become mainstream, however by that time you will probably be looking at a new setup.
And this is more important. I'm not 100% sure but don't Nvidia graphics cards run CS 4 a lot better then Ati cards? Ati are currently king of the hill when it comes to games! But I thought that Nvidia cards supported CS 4 a lot better, something to do with CUDA? I'm sure someone here will have the answer, but if Nvidia is better you could always consider using your current graphics card for a short period just to see what Nvidia has to offer in March, but I would discourage using their current cards as they are less future proof.
It's just my 2ct, I hope I've been able to help a little.
More excellent feedback: this is such a great website.
Given the feedback on the MOBO, and the cards Tridec mentioned, I'll revert back to the ASRock. Personally, I don't upgrade frequently. While future proofing is nice, it's simply not as practical for me as others.
I also went up to the Radeon 5850 for now, but I will look into CS4 information with ATI/nV compatibility and features. Right now the price sits where it was before, additional peripherals included.
Thank you all again, and I will be checking back soon.
Well I have to thank everyone here for their input. Hardware has never been my strong suit and this has been a massive learning experience for me.
As I have production equipment, I'm going to film and take pictures of the building process in case anyone is ever interested enough to follow it. The end result is sure to be a blast! The late SSD addition is getting me excited for load speeds.