BUDGET RANGE: Approximation $1500-$2000 but this is not set in stone nor does it need all be used.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Simulation flight and motorsports, photo and video editing, general computing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS Win7 Ultimate
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, zipzoomfly.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI for eyefinity, Intel for CPU
OVERCLOCKING: No, but never say never.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, want the option to do so in the future.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 24 inch 1920x1080 but future may bring 2 more monitors for eyefinity.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The video card I would like to have a decent warranty. I doubt anything has a warranty as good as BFG's for nvidia but something of a good warranty and customer service is a plus for me. Below are parts I currently have selected. I still need a good amount of ram for this system. Should I do 4, or 6? It's a Win7 64 bit OS I am planning to install. I am leaning i7 930 over i7 950 because it seems the price difference is too much for what you get back in performance. The Hard drive type is in question too. I want plenty of room, does the speed of these hard drivers out there matter enough to make the price what they are? Your evaluation of these parts and what I want to do would be appreciated.
1st... You can't get a better warranty than XFX's double lifetime warranty. Meaning the card is warrantied for life and if you sell the card to another person, they get the same warranty for life. No one else can match that deal!!
Back to SSD. What form factor do I need to be looking at here? I just
got my cooler master case and power supply. I need to open them up
tomorrow and have a look around. Microcenter has the i7 930 for 199
local so I am going to pick one of those up. I sort have been dragging
my feet with the SSD situation.
I see form factors of 2.5" and 3.5". Will I need some adapter to make
it fit in the tower?
Been eyeing the Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA
II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for roughly $230.
Kingston SSDNow V+ Series SNVP325-S2/128GB 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for roughly $320.
I'm a little confused on the memory. I've read good things about the G.SKILL memory but I think I might want to push the memory up to 8GB on this system.
So I need 3 sticks of ram to go into 3 channel mode. From reading the online manual for the board I want, the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R, I can stay in 3 channel mode even if I have 4 sticks? Just need to put it in the right slot to keep 3 channel mode going?
The ram suggested in the list above says DDR3 1600. But the website product page for this mother board says it supports DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules. This confuses me as I it seems to not be the right ram for this motherboard. However here: http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/FileList/MemorySupport/mb_m... it does show DDR3 1600.
Hmmm, this new memory setup (to me anyway) has me a little off balance. Need to research and learn a little more about it.
1) You can run triple channel with four sticks (pg16 of manual) You place two sticks in the first two slots next the the CPU and than every other slot.
2) I see no reason based on your needs to go above / use more than 6GB of RAM, so I wouldn't go with 8GB. If you find you need more later, just add 3 more RAM sticks.
3) Newegg can't post all of the supported RAM speeds so they are missed at times. If the official website shows support for DDR3 1600, it will support it. Your RAM selection is okay, so don't worry about.