SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:mainly for games, etc. Once bluray reader/writers drop price I'll probably add one
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need everything
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: intel cpu/Ati Gpu
OVERCLOCKING: Yes Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be my first desktop for gaming; I've been a gamer all my life but couldn't afford pc gaming, mainly consoles. I have the money now, and even though I understand there is no such thing as future_proofing I want a system that will last me the end of this generation. I'm 23 but have a family and kids and the wife isn't budging much, so I won't be able to upgrade every year like some people. Play pretty much all genres other than mmo's. Big into rpgs, strat, fps and such. I appreciate any help and advice you guys can give me.
These are the parts I've picked out so far-I'm totally open minded and will accept any suggestions given. Also, since I won't be making this purchase for two weeks there was no point in adding deals, but when i actually make this purchase I'll look for the appropriate combos. Also, I realize that the 5970 is out of stock, and may make a purchase from Ebay or a similar service.
Curious as to why your paying a large premium for a crossfire/sli motherboard if you don't plan to use it. Also their are better power supplies out there for similar prices even after the rebate and you don't have to deal with a rebate. Also buy.com has the cosmo case for 186.90 with shipping instead of almost 210 at newegg.
You might want to defer your graphics card selection until Nvidia launches the GTX470/GTX480. Supposedly early march.
Unless you plan on gaming at 2560 x 1600, the 5970 can handle anything at a lesser resolution. Even a 5870 would do well.
The reason I was going to choose the 5970 is because I plan to run eyefinity later on around around August, and purchase two similar monitors. I was looking to wait for the new fermi cards as preliminary results show they will be faster than the 5870 but slower than the 5970, and since they supposedly run hot a dual gpu solution wouldnt be feasible. Thanks on the case selection and I'll look for a cheaper mobo as well. I'll add the name of the parts sorry for that
I stuck with a 750 psu because if I choose the 5870, I'll crossfire it within a year. I then added a ssd data drive to keep the price similar. What do you guys think? If I don't get a 5970 should I wait for the new Nvidia card? I've already waited a while but as far as I know there is no concrete date on Fermi so still undecided
Antec CP-850 is cheaper and its better PSU, not to mention specifically made for the 1200 case (as well as P193 / P183)
HD - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):