I am putting together a new build and have a short list for parts. I am having a little trouble deciding which case mobo combination to use and really need suggestions for video card and heat sink. Constructive comments on the current list are always nice.
This is for my new main work station as the 6 year old XP unit is showing it's bones. I build for longevity quiet and reliablity. I will be doing some gaming and some 3D rendering.
Mobo runners up
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro |Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H Motherboard |Biostar TPOWER I55
Case runners up
GMC AZT-GMCR2-SB R-2 Toast Middle-Tower ATX Case - Sky Blue http://www.jr.com/gmc/pe/AUZ_AZTGMCR2SB/
For the heat sink I would recommend the Corsair H5O, I have two of them and love them. They are super quiet and if you add an extra fan so it is a push-pull configuration they cool awsome.
As far as the Video Card it really depends on how much you want to spend. If you are rendering 3D videos I would suggest not skimping here. The 5870 would be good or you could get two 5850's. I have two 5850's and they work great for video editing. I don't do any gaming but a lot of video editing.
Side Note: Your going to love that processor, I do.
Wow really great feed back. I have to say that I like pipe's idea for the water cooling it attracts me because of the quietness. Gkay really great suggestions. I would like to point out that future proofing (a somewhat futile endevour in computing) is different than longevity. Longevity to me implies that the equipment is long lasting and stable. For that I'm willing to pay a little more to a board maker that has a better quality reputation. Over all I would say that I have around a $1200~1400 budget obviously spending less to meet the goals is better.
^ Welll even in that sense, that mobo should be good as Gigabyte is one of the Top 2 mobo manufacturers out there...
And I will still suggest the i7 build...gives you option to add 6GB more RAM too...and a very powerful CPU...