Hi, I wanted to ask for your input on my first PC build. What I will be using this PC is for some gaming, photoshop, and general use. I have bought some components already and have to buy majority of them. If you could tell me which of the components will be good that would be great. OK here we go:
Video Card: XFX HD 5770 XXX edition--> newegg has it for 170 with shipping (don't want anything to hardcore just something bang for the buck)
PSU: I was thinking either Corsair HX650 or XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W XXX Edition ( I want something modular just cause of the cable management)
Case: Either Thermaltake V3 black edition or Gladiator 600
CPU Cooler: Either Coolermaster hyper 212 plus or Thermaltake Contac 29 or Dark Knight (I want to try to overclock, never done it and would want to do it for a overclock of 3.4-3.6 ghz if possible with these coolers)
HD: Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM
DVD: LG GH22NS40 DVD Writer - DVD+R 22x, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6x, DVD-RAM 12x, SATA,(OEM)
Memory Card Reader: any suggestions?
Motherboard: I was having difficulty deciding between ASUS P6T/P6T SE or EVGA X58 3X SLI. I found the EVGA for 214 after BCB and ASUS ones for 200 after BCB (not SE one)/170 after BCB (SE one). I was just confused because on some forums people have problems with the memory I have with these boards, I really liked the EVGA board and plus I heard they have good support and comes with lifetime warranty.
I was also wondering if you guys could recommend case fans for my case, want to have adequate cooling.
Any help would be appreciated, if you can help me narrow down from the parts I have that would great.
so you wouldn't recommend going for the other boards? I can't return the OCZ ram and the HD 5770 XXX listed is the same price as the regular one on newegg for 169.99. How much can I overclock using the Hyper 212 Plus? If I were to crossfire another HD 5770 in the future will 650w power supply be enough, as well as overclock a little bit?
The one I linked to is the best in your budget. Brand really doesn't matter for the new GPUs. Grab a 5770 for about $150. I have no idea on how high you can overclock. A lot of that depends on other factors (ambient temps, the case, location of the tower, etc.). I've heard getting to 4.0 GHz isn't unreasonable. 650W is more than enough for Crossfire and overclocking.