PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need it all - except keyboard mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I don't give a crap - whatever is cheapest/best
PARTS PREFERENCES: i7 1366 - going with the R3E for sure
OVERCLOCKING: Yes - and SLI
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080P
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Improve my build at no additional cost, i.e. better parts for the same price....
Here we go all, this is what I have spent the last few days pulling up to find the cheapest prices for the best components within my budget. Lets see if you can improve on the components for the build at a better price.
Lets see what your suggestions are for improvements on the following items! I am getting the R3E regardless for future upgrades and overclocking. The LGA 775 will fit the motherboard as it has provisions for those type of heat sinks. Also, I chose the 2xGTS250's because they outperform a GTX285 in most tests. I don't think I forgot anything?
Ok I wouldn't take the r3e since its extremely expensive but If u like it go for it. But what you should change is the graphics card. First of all for future proofing one card is better so you can add more later and plus the nvidia 2xx series are overpriced. go for a 5850 or 5870 and if your an nvidia fanboy like me the 470 gtx. I would get the nh d14 as cooler since it really does shave off some degrees. I have both the d14 and the 470.
Two good suggestions, but (as there always is a but), part of my original post was to "Increase performance at no additional cost".
The cooler looks nice, but it definitely isn't worth an additional ~$60 bucks for a few degrees.
The 5850/5870 or the GTX 470 are an additional $69/$159 or $109
The SLI GTS 250's fall between the GTX285 and 5870 performance wise or pretty much right at the 5850 performance level. Not quite sure its worth the additional cost to upgrade for only 10fps gain.
The GTX 470 maybe an option, but price for performance wise, the two GTS 250 1gb's are tough to beat.
wel no the cooler isnt woth it if your on a budget most people wouldn't reccomend it. I just thought the 200mhz extra stable frequency was worth it. But seriously don't buy the 250s they are pretty outdated most people wouldn't reccomend buying even if you already have one for sli(this would'nt be me). They don't have dx11 and they eliminate the possibility for upgrades because 3-way sli isn't really that good. And if you really want to stay on the budget buy a cheaper motherboard because the r3e is really more for cpu's like the 980x or 975x. It's al your choice of course but that will give you a lot more future proofing and performance at a lower cost with the only disadvantages being that you can't oc with your Iphone .
But i want to OC with my iPhone!! I'll still be getting the R3E, that board will last me forever.
I ended up getting dual ATI 5750's from micro-center. They knocked 60 bucks off total between both cards because they couldn't find the 4 250's they said they had in stock, so we went with those as comparable performance replacements. At least now I have DX11 support! =D Once the price of the Fermi's come down, i'll probably switch over to that.