APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $800-$1100
SYSTEM USAGE FROM: Gaming, Rendering (Solidworks)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Monitor, OS, Speakers, Case, Processor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer Radeon GPU (Single GPU for now, most likely a 5850. Will crossfire later)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
Hey guys. Looking to finally update my 5 year old computer. I'm looking to do an i7 build, as I have the processor already during that Microcenter sale. Also have an Antec Nine Hundred Case, I got during a sale as well. I'm finally gonna pull the trigger and finish the build. I have been looking at 5850 for a single GPU for now, and will most likely crossfire later once programs start having higher requirements again. Therefore, I would like to get a PS that can be used later for Crossfire 5850's (I've been thinking about 750Wish).
Do you think it would be worth spending a little more for better RAM/mobo. Or do both of those that you recommended have some staying power? I would ideally like to build a system that has some staying power for a while.'
^Yup. The GSkill Ripjaws are excellent RAM for the money. Quite a lot of people, including top OCers use them. Imo, the Dominators are over priced esp. for a build where there won't be any insane OCing.
I'm personally not a fan of the P6T series. I would think about getting the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R. It's a fairly cheap LGA1366 board, has SLI support, and has USB 3/SATA III ports.
I'm going to echo the G.Skill sentiments as well. It may be worth the extra $10 to get the CAS Latency 7 sticks though (the Pi Series).
For the PSU, I would get a 750W model from any of the following: Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic, and Silverstone. I believe that right now the Antec Earthwatts is the cheapest at $85 after rebate, followed by the Corsair at $90 after rebate.
Finally, I would definitely think about getting a nVidia card, especially if the rendering is important to you. nVidia cards are a little more expensive than ATI cards that perform similarly in game, but that premium may be worth it help with your other activities. I would at least consider the GTX 470.