I'm going to be helping a friend build his computer tomorrow, and I wanted to run a couple builds by you guys first.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: We want to look at three price points: $800, $1000, and $1200
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, CAD software, Adobe Suite
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor not required. Samsung P2250 1080p.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Before the Fermi cards were out, I would've suggested an ATI Radeon 5850, but now that the GTX 470 is out, performs on par or a bit better than the 5850 and has the benefit of CUDA, Tessellation optimization, and Physx (not sure how big of a deal this will be), I'm leaning towards the 470. I know they run hotter and require a bit more power, but let's see if it's easy to work around that?
CPU: Core i7 930
I think microcenter sells these discounted to $230?
I've used the CM690 before and I liked it a lot, but if we can't find that at microcenter, maybe the HAF would be better? They both seem to have a lot of stock cooling.
GPU: ASUS GTX 470
for CUDA, insurance against tessellation-heavy games
PSU: Corsair 950TX
Because the GTX 470 wants a minimum 550 Watt power supply with 38 A on the 12 volt rail. This has 78 Amps on the 12 V rail. I know that's 550 for the entire system and not just the GPU, but if he adds another, is he looking at around 750 watts pull? And what if we overclock that 930 a bit. Is this too much headroom?
So, using the HAF 922, this build comes out to be $695 - $50 in rebates + $350 GTX 470 + $230 i7 930 = $1225