APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 5 days
Budget Range: $1800 before rebates (can go higher if necessary)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: work (multitasking word, excel, firefox and 3 remote connections), gaming, compressing and decompressing of large winrar files.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, monitors (will be running Win 7 x64 and 2 24” monitors)
Preferred website for parts: 99% of anything I’ve ordered in the past is from newegg, but I’m not opposed to trying somewhere else. I am based in the US.
Parts preferences: This will be an intel i7 build.
Overclocking: Yes, never done it before but want to learn.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but not to start off.
Monitor resolution: Either 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
Additional comments: This is my first build. This will be a work first computer, but I plan to game frequently with it. I plan to play RTS and FPS games, and will be playing a lot of Bad Company 2 when released. I do a lot of file compression/decompression as mentioned above, and the faster the better. It is very important to make the computer as future proof as possible. I’d like to be able to add parts down the road instead of having to start from scratch. Life expectancy for me is about 4 years with this computer. Below are the parts I’ve come up with, so I’d like comments and suggestions if there is something better out there for me, as I’m far from an expert. Eventually I will add a 2nd GPU, more than likely another 5870, so I want to make sure I have the correct power supply in mind. I'd like my OS, games and frequently used programs on one drive/partition and everything else on a separate drive. Thanks in advance, this site is amazing!
Cables: Need help here. I read somewhere that for improved cable management you should get an extension cable for the power supply. I have no clue what to get, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also if there are any additional cables required to get this built, please let me know. I'd hate to get everything here and be missing a $10 cable I needed and have to pay $40 at a local store for it!
I think that's about it. Accessory wise (above and beyond the $1,800 for parts above) I think I have the keyboard, mouse and speakers picked. Going with the Saitek blacklit keyboard for $40, logitech MX518 for mouse, and Logitech S-220 speakers for $24. I need an internal memory card reader and 7 port usb hub, but that's basic stuff I can figure out. Sorry for the long post, I'd just like to get this right the first time. Thanks again.
Bump, please comment if everything I've picked out will work together. Specifically if the power supply will fit in that case. I am going to be pulling the trigger tomorrow and just want to make sure I've done everything correct. Thanks!