Ok so after reading a lot of advise I have specced the following. Please rip me apart and tell me why !!
Reason I am doing this is I got a free GTX285-OC2 and it worked great but is now giving trouble. But I got the bug to build my own PC after installing it in my old Dimension Dell 9150.
Still holding out hope my GTX285-OC2 is salvageable!! But until then… New spec below with reasoning attached. Looks like an ok system to me so far!
About me: Not a heavy gamer, but occasionally dabble in shooters which are graphics intensive. Otherwise I have no large power requirements...
CPU: i7-920 2.67 €205
My reasoning here is to get the lowest end LGA1366 available. I will then wait for the price of the 6 core i7 980x to drop in about a year or so.
Case €140 ???
Still have about 5 options here but all around €140 and all what I need. Final decision will come down to WHERE my computer will be and hence WHERE the built in fans are on the case (I think I will be avoiding too many side fans and opting more for front and back.
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 - 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 - 1x PCIe x1 - 2x PCI
Extern: 2x USB 3.0, 6x USB 2.0 (1x shared eSATAp), 1x FireWire, 1x Gb LAN (RTL8111DL), 1x eSATA (shared USB), 7.1 Audio
intern: 4x USB 2.0 - 1x FireWire - 2x SATA 6Gb/s RAID 0/1 - 6x SATA II RAID 0/1/5/10 - 1x PATA
Graphics: ATI CrossFireX (x16/x16) AND nVIDIA SLI (x16/x16)
Anything I am missing here for a decent system that is a bit future proofed? OR anything else I should check or know about Mobos?
Graphics: ASUS Radeon HD 5770, 1024MB GDDR5 €135
Seems to be enough for me for now with the level of gaming I actually do. Can drop in another 5770 later or upgrade when prices come down. Hopefully I will not need this at all however and my GTX285-OC2 is salvageable or replaceable. Fingers crossed on that one!!!
Hard Disk: Corsair Reactor 60GB, 2.5", SATA II 250MB/s • 110MB/s • 128MB €150
Great price and speed is ok. Not seeing much out there to compete without a big jump in price into the €300s. I have a decent sized mech drive in the old PC for long term file dumping, so Really 60gb is probably double what I will ever use on this drive.
I rarely use my DVD drive, maybe 5 times in the last 2 years. So I will salvage that from the old machine.
I have already a "Be quiet" Pure Power 530W ATX 2.3 bought to power the free GTX285-OC2 mentioned above.
I have been using on board sound and network for the last 6 years, so see no reason to change now despite my new 25MB broadband connection. I am also happy with my current Dell and LG digital monitors, wireless keyboard and mouse.
This leaves me with a computer buy of around €994 in euros....
Cases... I'm not sure what you are looking at but I would put these four on your list, if not... Antec 1200, Cooler Master HAF 932, Cooler Master 922 or Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced.
RAM... You will be better of getting DDR3 1600 RAM with CAS7 timings versus DDR3 2000 at Cas9. Lower Cas (timings) equals better performance. I would recommend the G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600, if you can get them.