I'm building my first system, and though I really want to just click that dang "Checkout" button on newegg, I want to run it by the best support system I have: the forums! Below is my list of proposed hardware. The Case, GPU, and PSU are already purchased (I piece-meal upgraded my old PC, which I'll be harvesting now.) I plan on using the computer for some pretty heavy gaming w/ current-gen and next-gen titles in addition to the day-to-day usages like email, etc. What I am most concerned about is my HSF (I am leaning toward the Scythe Mugen Rev 2, which happens to be out of stock atm -_-;) and the thermal paste, both of which I have no first-hand experience with. I would like to get my hands dirty with overclocking, so I aim to have the system able to handle the heat. If you have any suggestions, personal experiences (bad or good) with the parts that I am using, or if you just want to give me the green light, please drop me a line in the thread. Thanks in advance everyone!
Most of your build preference is subjective to say the least. I spent 3 months deciding my build specs and I ended up going with an I5 build with the saved money I bought an ATI 5850. I prefer the Cooler Master 690 II advanced myself. But choice is subjective. Also if you decide to do either crossfire or SLI you should expect to need at least 750 watt psu with at least 85% efficency rating.
dude the gtx 260 doesn't even have direct x 11. go for 5850 or , also abuse combos as much as possible and if u live near microcenter the i7 930 is only 200-230 there. personally i like haf 922 better than antec 902 but to each his own.
Im currently using the GTX 260 core 216. Firstly, it's a great card, but not for $230. I got mine for $179 last year and it was totally worth that. But its not even in stock at newegg, and they aren't going to be getting any more I would imagine.
Antec 902 is sweet. Even though it isn't pictures, it now has a CPU heatsink access hole in the motherboard. plus you know, its the best looking case on the market! woowoo!
My recommendations. I think the system is great, this is my way to some money and get some better parts for less total cash.
Get I7 920 or 930 at Microcenter. They ship, I got my case and cpu from them shipped.
That MB is overkill, get something under $200 bucks. No GTX260, go 5850 or dual 4850, for less money. The memory can be more affordable as well. For that money you can get 8gbs. for 6gbs for 80 bucks less.
Also might as well get an SSD, makes loading games and programs faster, not much faster, but I think it will pay for itself in the long run.
Thanks for the replies everyone. I do live near a microcenter, but they don't have the i7-930 in stock atm, so maybe I'll just wait a bit and see if it does in fact come back in stock. Is 6gb really too much RAM? I'll have to keep doing some research -- I do have a tendency to overdo things. And thanks for the heads up about the PSU, I never really thought about it when I got it, so if I do go SLI I'll have to sink some more cash into it. Thanks again!
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):
GFX Card - The 260 was a great card ....at $155 ....at $225 it's way overpriced. Grab a 5850 while prices are reduced this weekend or consider waiting 2 weeks for a 470 which currently has the lowest "Dollars per Frame" cost....assuming of course vendors don't milk customers.