I am putting together a new high end gaming build. I have most of the main items picked out but I am having some trouble picking the right video card manufacture (based on bundling options), memory, SSD, case and cooling system.
The Main Build:
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920
ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50
I want a Radeon HD 5870, will add a second one sometime in the future when I need it.
I have 3 good options for the video card by different manufactures with bundling options....
1. XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
bundled with CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
2. SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity
bundled with the same Memory as above OR with Windows 64bit Home edition (which I do need)
3. ASUS EAH5870/2DIS/1GD5/A Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity
bundled with the same Memory as above or
OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600R2LV6GK http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Is there any reason to take one video card manufacture over the other? Which do you recommend?
I want to get 6GB of memory...are the two memory bundles above any good or what other memory (3x2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) would you recommend?
What do you think of this SSD? Do you have any better suggestions for similar money (about $130)
Case and Cooling:
The one piece I cannot decide on is the case, I want a Mid-Tower, needs to be big enough for the 11" Radeon HD 5870 Card(s) and the rest of the gear.
Pretty sure I want to be able to adjust the fans without having to open the case...this seems to be a problem on some of the common cases when I read the reviews.
What case would you recommend and what CPU cooling system? I was looking at Antec and Coolmaster cases but nothing is jumping out as the best (...what do folks think of the Coolmaster case CM690 II Advanced?). I am considering the following cooler:
XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Any help on these questions would be most appreciated!
I'm going to make a quick suggestion on the PSU. Newegg has a SeaSonic 850W 80 Plus Silver unit for $110. SeaSonic is one of the highest quality PSU makers, and this unit is super effecient. I highly recommend picking this one up instead of the Corsair.
Q1: I don't think it really matters on what brand of GPU you get. I would go with the one that gives you the lowest overall cost.
Q2: Typically, Corsair is overpriced. However, they've got a new set out (XMS3 1600 mhz CL 7) that's one of the cheapest sets at $180.