APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within this month. BUDGET RANGE: $2,000-$3000.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the net, watching movies.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Quad Core, EVGA Mobo and GPU
OVERCLOCKING: Likely, however I am not water cooling, so only slightly. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Depends on the $$$ left over if I have enough for another card. If not, it's highly probably I will drop a second card in in the coming months.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768, 1440x900, 1600x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm looking to build a solid, higher-end system that still uses parts with the biggest bang for the $$$ given the price range and preferences. Below is what I've come up with so far.
There's no optical drives or any of that stuff, but I just wanted to get the guts up since I can get those anytime no problem. So far the total is around $2370, so I might be able to fit in an extra 470 for SLI. Please let me know if I can improve the set up, and most importantly if these parts are compatible! Many thanks in advance!
Everything will work together but might I make a few suggestions...
1) Get this CPU/MOBO Combo: Intel Core i7 930 & ASUS P6X58D Premium - I know you requested EVGA but they currently don't have a MOBO that supports USB 3.0 or SATA 6.0 Gb/s. The ASUS board is one of the best X58 board out!!
3) You don't need a sound card for today's motherboards. The on-board sound is very good. I would recommend to wait to purchase a sound card after your build and you find the sound doesn't meet your needs.
For all these coolers that have radiators but no fans, will just normal case fans clip on? Stupid question..but I'm used to just having my cooler come with the fan and assembly already attached.
The NH-D14 looks really good as far as cooling goes and has the fans and all already attached. But it looks like the venomous and megahalems have similar cooling with a dual fan config, and they are not as humungous. I'm leaning on the megahalems with 2 scythe ultra cazes at this point.
Update - Last night bought my mobo, cpu, ram, gpu, psu and case. Tonight I'll probably order my CPU cooler, some fans and dust guards, optical drives and SSD and HD. Newegg is out of the OCZ Agility 2 SSD so I think I'm gonna go with the OCZ Vertex LE since it maintains capacity and has similar performance and is also 30 bucks cheaper. For HD I'm gonna get the Western Digital Caviar Blue 160gig since I just need a general purpose drive to store music and media.
Update: All the rest of the parts were ordered last night. There's a small problem though..
While researching to plan ahead on how I am going to put this thing together I realized that by nearly all accounts the Prolimatech Megahalems comes with only one set of fan clips, despite Newegg's specs reporting "Two sets of fan clips for a duo-fan installation."
I might get two sets or not, but that doesn't really matter because I'm pretty sure those clips are only suitable for your standard 120 x 120 x 25 mm fans. So, are there any CPU cooler fan clips out there that will suit the Scythe "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 120 x 38 mm?