1400 and change with CPU purchased for $200 from Micro Center. (100 miles round trip to save $80 seems worth it to me)
1) Is 6GB of RAM sufficient? Considering I do more than just game on my computer these days, I'm wondering if 12GB would be better.
2) If I go 12GB RAM (now, or in the future) I'd like to make sure the RAM I have picked out will occupy all 6 slots and still fit with the HSF I have picked out. Not sure how to figure that out, short of buying everything and testing it.
3) GPU has been the hardest for me to decide on. Avid system specs require a Quadro, but they don't perform well for gaming (which I'll be doing some of). Can't have both, so I'm open to suggestions on the GPU. The one I have down was chosen for its price/effectiveness/positive ratings. I'm open to any and all suggestions here.
4) Pretty sure the HAF 922 is wide enough to fit the HSF I chose (but not 100%).
5) I know I have a bottleneck by not going SSD for OS/Apps, but I can't afford it right now. (Or can I?) I'll wait til the price drops on the 120GB's.
Thanks again for helping me finalize my build.
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The build should amount to 1599.88 bucks on newegg if added to wishlist. There are some rebates, discounts...etc However with this build you get for 6bucks more the 930 instead of the 920...which is the same exact thing expect for a clock bump from 2.66 to 2.8 which is really nothing but for 6bucks...cmon lol. Secondaly the corsair ram is just as good as that g.skill but a little cheaper. Trade the 750HX for a TX, same thing except non-modular, your case is very good so cable managment will be a fly. Get the CM 212+ as the cooler its very good and inexpensive. and the 5770 might not be as powerful as the 260 but supports DX11 and you can Xfire them in the future.
If you are going to microcenter, get the 930 instead if its available, if not just stick the 920. Its the same thing so don't feel bad. You'll be O'erclockin anyway.
Now to answer your Q's:
1) 6GB would be more then sufficient. If you need more buy another 6GB kit and use all 6slots
2) I think the ram will fit fine
3)ATI 5770 as i mentioned above.
4)Oh yes, 922 is 10inches wide hehe anything will fit in it.
5) Just because you don't have an SSD doesn't mean its a bottleneck. An SSD is a premium treat you get if you have the money. 99% of people dont have them...HDD's are fine. If you get an SSD, your fps and app performance will not increase at all... so don't even waste money it.
A couple questions:
I can't go ATI GPU. They don't play well with Avid. Any Nvidia based GPUs you'd suggest over the one chosen? Will the new 400 series Geforce releasing at the end of the month cause any price changes? Or will they only cause ATI to drop their higher end cards?
I read the 920 D0 is better for oc'ing if pushed to 4.0ghz (which I might do). Something about odd vs even multiplier being more stable.
I'll look into the Corsair memory you suggested. I think the GSkill was chosen based on a 12GB kit I found before dropping down to 6GB.
I don't remember why I picked that HSF. I think it was the 'winner' in a test I found somewhere, but can't find now. I've read the HSF you suggested is good and moderately priced, so I'll pick it up, thanks.
I'll read up on the 920 being better on overclocking you might be correct.
And the nvidia GPU's a 260 will be fine i guess. And nvidia is releasing 300series cards. And i think they will cause price changes...the older cards as well as ATI's cards will drop because of competition.
HDD: Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are 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):
GPU: The 260 and 4870 are faster than the 5770 by about 10% but the 260's price has shot up higher than what is reasonable for that card. At 1650 res, I'd say get a GTS 250 currently running about $99. If you're moving to a single 1920 x 1200 monitor, then I'd suggest a 5850 or better if you plan on playing Dx11 games going into XMas 2010 and 2011. Check out the relative performance of the 5770/5830/5850 here .... not just that page, see all the benchies (don't get excited by the 275's scores on AvP and Dirt2 as they are not using Dx11):