I am a new builder without much experience (I have replaced a dead psu and added some memory to my dad's computer). I have used Tom's a lot in researching the parts so I figured the experts and enthusiasts here could give me some advice (making sure parts are compatible, are good choices, etc).
A little bit about me: I really like to build things (legos were my favorite toy as a kid) so I have always have wanted to build my own computer. I don't think connecting everything together will be hard but working in the BIOS scares me a little. I have saved up enough cash to hopefully build a pretty kick ass rig that will last a while.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: March 1st
BUDGET RANGE: Low 2000's
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, music, movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: So far I have only bought speakers - Logitech Z523
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or retail stores (Fry's, micro center)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: Probably but not too high
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Here's what I am thinking for the parts
I am probably going to pick up thermal paste and a static wrist strap; are there any other miscellaneous items I will need to put everything together?
For the PSU, 750w is enough as it stands but should I go for 850w in case I decided to get another 5870 for crossfire? Would you guys recommend the tx or hx corsair models? If I do crossfire, it will not be for a couple of years, would it just be easier to just buy a newer model gpu?
If your going to xfire i would go for the 850W ( it will give you some room to OC the CPU and GPUs if you like, if your not going to xfire a Corsair 650 is a good deal ATM, as far has HX or TX its up to you if you want modular or not http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
in two years there might be a better single GPU that beats the HD 5870s in xfire, who knows
Have you looked into the HAF 922 case its very nice and would save 100 bucks
In case it helps, check out a post I wrote 11/22/2009 after I built my gaming system. I was looking at building an i7 920 system, but went the i7 860 route instead. In case I didn't paste the link correctly, the title of the post was "Thanks for the advice - a new computer is born." Good luck with your build.