APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: the closer the better
BUDGET RANGE: ~2000$. Will go up to 2500$ if necessary.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Playing media, Gaming, Everything else.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Everything outside the Case
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any. (I browsed Newegg extensively though)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: Built around an Intel i7-930. No real brand preference.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes (Limited knowledge about it right now though)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1264x1080, might buy new, bigger monitor at a later date.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Ideally quiet PC, can tolerate a certain level of sound(My current PC is relatively noisy). I'm building this PC as a graduation gift to myself so I want it to perform as much as possible within the remainder of my student loan. I also don't expect it to be future-proof, I don't intend on upgrading, I just want it to be able to play any games I buy within the next 3-4 years. I'll build a new one when I'll have had a steady income for a while and this PC would start to be on the weak side of computer specs. I just want it to last at least until then.
This is my first attempt at building myself a computer. I've looked around for parts a lot and read up on hardware a bit. I'm looking for confirmation that I didn't make a glaring mistake in the parts combination(I don't think I did but never hurts to ask) and also cooling recommendations. I find the stuff on Newegg Canada to be somewhat lacking for i7 CPUs, but maybe the reviews are just exaggerating. This is what I have right now:
If you are going 1920 x 1200, I'd get a ATI 58xx series or check out the new fermi cards when they hit the shelves in next 2 weeks.
SSD's - Consider single larger one....SD's in RAID negate TRIM support.
HD - Any reason for Green ? 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 were limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3....(a new WD 500 GB platter drive is out I hear but haven't seen reviews yet). 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):
Case / PSU - Would advise against mid tower case if, as you list OC and twin GPU's is in your future. Suggest you go with full tower:
Antec 1200 w/ CP-850 - Top notch case and an incredible PSU. The HX from Corsair is a match electrically but the CP is quieter.....and at $244 for the combo deal, it's tough for anyone to compete on price performance basis in US anyway. Bah....just noticed you up north....no combo deals on newegg canada ....oh well...
Due to the unique shape and sizes of the particles in Arctic Silver 5's conductive matrix, it will take a up to 200 hours and several thermal cycles to achieve maximum particle to particle thermal conduction and for the heatsink to CPU interface to reach maximum conductivity. (This period will be longer in a system without a fan on the heatsink or with a low speed fan on the heatsink.) On systems measuring actual internal core temperatures via the CPU's internal diode, the measured temperature will often drop 2C to 5C over this "break-in" period. This break-in will occur during the normal use of the computer as long as the computer is turned off from time to time and the interface is allowed to cool to room temperature. Once the break-in is complete, the computer can be left on if desired.
So by my estimation of this statement it would take almost a year of normal use to properly cure the AC5 compound, or almost nine days of continuous power cycles to meet their recommendation.
If ya no likie those coolers / TIM....pick from the top 3 or 4 from these links:
I think I'll go with the Xigmatek S1283 with OCZ Freeze for cooling solution. It looks like what I need. I intend to do some moderate overclocking, but as I'm new to both PC building and OCing, I don't want to make an OC build and risk breaking some of those parts because of an oversight.
Short comment on GPUs: Truth is I'm running a 6 years old piece of junk at home on a flat 18" Acer monitor bought a little over a year ago(dunno the actual type/specs, not at home right now to check) and I don't know what kind of resolution it can actually support. I'm also considering getting a new monitor over the summer, so the resolution I mentioned is not what I actually want, it's what I'm currently running.
For the RAM, I'm going with 12 gigs more as a "because I can" and a "in case a game needs it in a few years".
Why Green for the data HD? I just saw 1.5 TB at a good price and the reviews are good. Figured it was a good buy. I'm not picky about my Data HD as long as it can store tons of data.
Case / PSU: Interesting combo. I didn't look at full cases because everything seemed to fit in that neat mid tower, I'm guessing the added space is to help keep the case cool? And the second case you listed has been deactivated on newegg.ca
Thanks again, those suggestions were very helpful.