APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next two weeks.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Programming/Gaming, Homework, Graphics, Internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, Hard Drives, case (re-using old Antec tower case circa 2002)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, amazon
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7, would like at least 12GB memory, would like USB 3.0 support, ATI for graphics
OVERCLOCKING: DEFINITELY NO
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet would be nice, but cool is more important. Please do not suggest the i7-920. I DO NOT want to overclock. Want the computer to be a good machine for at least the next few years.
What hard drives will you be using? If you are wanting to last a few years, I wold recommend a SSD be in the mix or at least one or two of the newer 500GB single platter hard drives (WD 2TB Black, Seagate 7200.12 or Samsung Spinpoint F3). These will have the speeds to keep the system current for a few years.
Thank you all for you answers. I think I will switch to that Motherboard. I would definitely like to switch to the RAM, but I didn't see it on Gigabytes web page as being listed under the compatibility memory chart. They had another G.Skill there, but it was dual channel which didn't make much sense to me as the motherboard is supposed to be tri-channel, unless I'm really missing something. Or completely miss-understanding what an x-channel memory module means, which is very possible.
As for the case, I found a link to what I have, http://www.modthebox.com/singed.shtml Yes, it's an old case, but it's nice and big. I am considering modding it for an extra fan or two and putting in some sound deadening stuff too. Any reason I should move on other than it's old?
The only thing I don't like about the i7-860 is that it's on the 1156 chipset which would limit me to 16GB of RAM rather than 24GB should I decide to upgrade down the road and the 1366 chipset will also let me put in a hexa-core a couple years down the road that should be too expensive by then.
As far as the case is concerned, no great reason, just a lot of little reasons. New cases support wire management, bottom mounted psus, dust filters, improved airflow. Since you're not overclocking none of this is a huge deal.
You can save yourself 80 dollars or so by going with a regular 5870. The aftermarket cooling ins't needed at all as these cards don't run hot. Even under full load at 3150x1680 resolutions my 5870 never cracks 50c.
CM 212 Hyper is a better HSF for about the same price, no overclocking means that you can get away with stock HSF however.
PSU: Corsair 750tx is more than enough for what you're doing. It's a great psu.
Just some thoughts however. Build what makes you happy and enjoy your rig. Best of luck with it.
Some of those combos go me re-looking at my part selections. Might be able to find some better deals.
I didn't see the Mushkin ram that was as cheap as the G.Skill, do you have a link for that?
As for why I'm anti-overclock, well, my wife likes to keep the house really warm (80*F/27*C sometimes hotter) and I'm afraid that might not do well with overclocking the computer. On top of that my study doesn't have very good air flow and gets really warm when the computer is on in there. I'm worried I'd have a very unstable computer. As for the RAM, I'm sticking with 12GB because I tend to do a LOT of multitasking with memory intensive applications and I hate it when my computer gets bogged down.
That case is tempting... I do plan on building a cheap file server sometime this year too. I have another smaller case that I was planning on using for that though.
Okay.... as far as having a ridiculously hot house, would that really make a i7-930 viable with overclocking? If so, I may just go that route, which means I'm clueless on the heat sink/fan (newegg isn't the easiest place to search for those for 1366 chipset). I'll post a revised build shortly. Thanks for all the help so far.
Alright, here's Big Change #1 that I'm now looking at. After some consideration I've decided to both go to the i7-930 and overclock and hope it holds up in home that doubles as a sauna, and also to get a new case. The old one didn't have any front USB ports, and while that's workable, it isn't exactly great. I've also decided to get a new HDD, even though my old ones aren't bad, might as well get a cheap terabyte. Not wanting to go SSD until they get cheaper though. So without further ado, here's my build at this time: