BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1500 including shipping and applicable taxes.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
1. Software development: Visual Studio, SQL Server
2. Web server: SVN and Trac on Apache, IIS, SQL Server Reporting
3. 3D gaming
4. Blu-ray DVD watching - I don't own a television, this is my entertainment center.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (I have a nice 24" LCD), speakers (I have a nice Logitech 5.1 set)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA, shipping zip 98102
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (2x)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: No cases with a window, no avoidable external lights (blue fans, blinking ***, etc). I require quiet, but it doesn't need to be totally silent. I can't use wireless mice or keyboards. No media keys should be present on my keyboard.
Here's what I had in mind (all parts from newegg):
CPU: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield $280
Motherboard: ASRock P55 Extreme $140
Heatsink: Scythe MUGEN-2 Rev. B $36
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 3x2GB DDR3 1600 $170
Video Card: XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB $165x2=$330
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB $85
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W $115 (includes shipping)
Case: GIGABYTE Triton 180 $81 (includes shipping)
Optical Drive: LITE-ON 4X Blu-ray iHOS104-08 $70
Mouse: Logitech G500 $57
Keyboard: KeyTronic E03600U2 $32 (includes shipping)
Basically I'm looking for any obvious bottlenecks and suggestions on component quality, brand, quantity (RAM) and overall impressions.
This is not my first PC build, but I'm not current on PC hardware anymore.
Some starter questions:
1. Is 6gb enough to run modern games without having to shut down my web server/SQL server?
2. Do I need a 750W power supply or can I get away with less? Should I buy a cheaper brand PSU?
3. Is it worth buying a core i7 over an i5 when I'll just be OCing it anyway?
I would probably stick with 750w since you are xfiring right off, although personally I'd go with a Corsair or Seasonic. I don't know how threaded all your apps are, but really hyperthreading is about all you'll gain.[Edit]*with an i5 vs i7
Its a give and take. If you plan on a monumental overclock, looser timings, higher clocks. If you are going with a mild(3.2-3.6ish) overclock 1600 with tighter timings is better. As you can see in my sig, I have OCZ gold ram rated for 1600, I had to loosen the timings a lot to get to 4.2.