Here's my final list of parts I am taking into consideration for my upcoming computer:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The first week of May, 2010.
BUDGET RANGE: $1300-1600ish without monitor. Trying to keep it $1600 with the monitor.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Modeling/Rendering (XSI/Softimage), Adobe CS4 Suite, Gaming, Watching Movies,
Currently I am going to school for 3D Game Animation and when I have spare time I really would like a computer which can run upcoming releases of games fairly well.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Can't think of anything at the moment.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe; I heard Nvidia is not doing so hot and currently I'm using a 9800 GT and I really would like to try out a Radeon. I found a review on Tom's Hardware that stated that these types were the "best bang for your buck." If this is true please enlighten me.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
My main concern is cooling. Where I live the summer gets really hot and the computer room my girlfriend and I designated is probably the warmest room in the whole place. Not trying to make it sound drastic; just looking out for my upcoming computer.
I am looking for a quiet case which can support a lot of fans (Add more into my budget?). Also whichever is compatible with my parts.
Mainly I am looking for the best MOBO and CPU within my budget since these seem to offer the best long term upgrade. Do these support USB 3.0 that is listed below? Not sure if I should go with a P2 or a i5/i7.
For HDD I am looking at whichever is in stock or performs better. Also considering a SSD, but if I can avoid the extra cost and upgrade some other parts I will.
For the PSU, whichever fits my final build - If that’s the i7/i5 or the P2.
Is the cheap thermal paste just as good?
GPU: Mainly here and with the CPU/MOBO/Monitor I am looking for my best long term use and best products I can get now - as other parts I can upgrade eventually.
Would 2 x GeForce GTS 250 1GB in SLI Configuration or 2 x Radeon HD 4850 1GB in
CrossFire provide a little extra boost for the price? Or maybe a single Radeon HD 4890 perhaps beat out the Two PNY VCG98GTEE1XPB GeForce 9800 GT EE 1024MB graphics cards?
XFX has the best warranty on cards, right?
As for monitors I am considering a 24” IPS monitor ( http://www.pchardwarehelp.com/guides/s-ips-lcd-list.php ) or just a big LCD monitor (listed above unless there is something better). I really have never seen an IPS monitor and honestly, viewing angles really don’t matter to me. Colour quality does though and if the IPS is better, is it worth it?
Thinking of this (small list):
i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro
Combo Price: $374.98
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound
ASUS Radeon HD 5850
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
SCEPTRE X270W-1080P Black 27"
The build looks decent, but neither of your GPU choices really make any sense. It's never a good idea to go with two mid-range GPU's right off the bat. That limits your upgrade options, uses more power, creates more heat, and some games don't scale well at all with multiple GPU's. It's best to get the best single GPU you can afford. That way you have the option of adding another card later if needed. I would try to squeeze a 5850 into the system. Since you're a student, you can go to www.win741.com and see if you qualify for a discounted version of Windows 7 to save some money.
I updates the list (small version) and I believe that's looking good. If there are a few minor things I could tweak to get that price down I would greatly appreciate it. Any further responses on the questions above will also be greatly appreciated. Take care and g'night,
Going with Windows 7 Home Edition instead of Professional would be an easy way to save some money. The Hyper 212+ cooler comes with thermal paste, so you don't need the MX-2. MX-2 is great paste, but you have it listed as over $30. It's certainly not worth $30 to save a degree or two.
on board sound will cover 99.99% of users...unless you're doing studio quality sound work, i doubt you'd need a sound card...
I personally go with the cheapest logitech keyboard that I can find...nothing against the other keyboard makers, but for $10 - $15, I've never had problems...why fix it if it ain't broke...Personally, I don't see any need for fancy gaming keyboards...in my opinion, the cheap ones do just as good.
Video card -
check your software...if it can utilise CUDA, then go nVidia based...if CUDA is not used, go ATI based...
XFX (currently the best warranty) has the 'Double Lifetime' meaning the original buyer and the secondary buyer (you and if you sell it, the person you sold to) will have a lifetime warranty.