APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: May 2010 BUDGET RANGE: <$1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Starcraft 2, hopefully some native AVCHD PPro editing on CS4, CS5 later this year.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: *VIDEO CARD*, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: HAF 922 seems unbeatable
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: 90% sure NO
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I made a previous thread titled "<$1000 gaming/ video editing desktop!" But most of the comments centered on the GPU, which I have decided I am going to hold off on purchasing (and use an old GeForce 7800 GT), until either more FERMI cards are released or the prices of FERMI/GTX 285 goes down.
Ram, HDD, Case, HSF, PSU all same as i7-860 build above.
Grand Total: $1,040.14
As I mentioned before I am going to use an old 7800GT for now to play some Starcraft 2 and later... when new Fermi cards are released and I can get my hands on CS5 I will purchase the new GPU (I will probably need your expertise with that too!)
For gaming, second the i7-930; consider the Phenom II X6 if your photo/video editing can really use all those cores, but they won't help for games.
At 80+ Silver and carrying a jonnyguru recommendation (read the review), your PSU choice should be fine.
Thanks for the quick replies... I do feel pretty confident about the PSU. Modular, 80Silver, good reviews.
The Noctua NH-D14 I picked because of reviews i've read like this: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1212/6/
Makes it sound pretty cool. (And with the low profile RAM I selected in all 3 builds the size of this beast shouldn't be a problem)
The problem is that the X6s aren't that powerful. In fact, the i7-930 is drastically better in games, and slightly better in many other applications.
On the HSF, the Coolermaster Hyper is easily one of the best coolers out there. It's certainly the best performer at it's price. I don't see the value in paying nearly three times as much to get almost nothing.
1. Yeah the ProlimaTech Megahalems does look to be a great HS... I would have to buy a couple of fans for it (which may be more total cost than the Noctua if I buy noctua quality fans).
3. Yeah you are probably right on the psu... the problem is I don't know what GPU/s i will end up with by the end of the year. Depends on what nvidia releases...
4. Well... the G.Skill ECO series is also offered in a 1600 speed at the same 1.35v... so I could get that instead for the 2 dual channel systems. Unfortunately, they don't offer that ram in 3x2gb (although they do in 4x2gb?) so I may have to find something else that would be faster yet not have monster heatsinks on top. Maybe this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i7-930 is the way to go for gaming performance, if you are ever going to upgrade to 2 gpu's.
The i7-860 has a lower performance, but if you don't plan to add a second gpu later, that should be fine.
The Phenom II X6 is not a gaming cpu,