SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, 3d modelling with 3ds Max 2010, Video editing, watching movies, listening to music
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor (for the moment)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: komplett.ie, ebuyer.co.uk
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Ireland
PARTS PREFERENCES: I guess Intel, Corsair, Asus and ATI
OVERCLOCKING: Possibly, if my budget stretches that far in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 at the moment, but will be upgraded to HD
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't want it to be an overkill...
I have a small list made so far about what parts may be suitable:
ASUS M4A78T-E or Gigabyte X58A UD5 (Mobo)
Athlon II X4 965 BE or Intel Core i7 920 (CPU)
Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) 1866MHz (RAM)
Corsair HX 750W PSU or Antec TruePower New 750W Modular PSU (PSU)
ATI Radeon HD 5870 Video Card (Graphics Card)
Antec 1200 (Case)
Western Digital WD15EADS 1.5Tb (HDD)
NZXT Sentry LX Dual 5.25" Fan Controller / Temperature Monitor - Black
Also, is it possible to get the neons like in the XPS desktop gaming computers? If not then I'll try to get blue neons from komplett.ie.
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):
I like the i7 930 w/ the Asus P6X58D, especially after reading this:
First let’s consider the gamers out there. Both the Core i5-750 and Core i7-920 do a fantastic job when it comes to complementing a powerful graphics subsystem. I can say that the Core i5-750 CPU is a fantastic gaming processor, and for the typical gaming enthusiast, there is little incentive to spend more money on the Core i7-920 CPU. However, for those about to overclock, the Core i7-920 salutes you. For whatever reason, it seems to leapfrog the Core i5-750 when both were pushed to higher speeds. Granted, the Core i7 in our tests does sport a higher overclock in the first place, but that still doesn’t fully explain the disproportionate leap in performance.
Note that the Antec 1200's case fans already have speed control built in ....the front 3 have variable speed knobs and the rear's 3 speed switches.....kinda makes fan controller bit redundant....tho as fan controllers go that's a good one.