SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, video editing, photo editing, internet surfing, school work (hobbies, nothing professional).
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Peripherals, optical drive and video card
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (Have never done so before, but willing to give it a shot)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
My current PC is getting long in the tooth and I'm looking to try and build my own PC for the first time. I'm a beginner, but a quick learner, so bear with me . I have a 4850 GPU (not the greatest I know, but I'm hoping to use it for now in the new build and upgrade at a later point in time - so my price estimates exclude the GPU, unless you guys think the upgrade is absolutely necessary). I'm willing to try overclocking once I better educate myself on the matter (have never done it before and wish to do so safely).
So far this is the list of parts I've compiled and am leaning towards, I'm wondering if this is a solid (and functional) build.
CPU: Intel Core i7-930 - $299.99
Mobo: ASUS P6X58D - $304.99 or GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R - $229.99
I'm wondering if choosing the Asus board is more "future proof" or presents any serious advantages (or noticeable differences) over the Gigabyte board to justify the price differential for my uses.
RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) - $193.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1 TB - $89.99
PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W - $193.99
Is this overkill? Like I mentioned earlier, I'm intending on overclocking at some point and will most likely be utilizing crossfire in the future.
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 - $159.99 or COOLER MASTER HAF 922 - $109.99
Is the 932 worth the upgrade for its cost? Is there a major difference between the two cases which could limit what I can do with it? I don't really care about the looks, just the functionality and whether or not it will hinder what I can do with it.
HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212+ - $29.99
Should I be taking a look at the Prolimatech Megahalems?
If I stick to the more expensive subsets, I come to a subtotal of $1,292.92.
Does this seem like an acceptable build? Are there spots where I should trim or improve upon? Also, should I be looking at SSD, or is that overkill at this point for my uses and its price point at this point in time? Would it be something that would be difficult to tack on later (perhaps with a price drop)?