I am building it to be a high end gaming system at 1920 x 1200. Budget is around $2000 Cdn including windows7 and monitor. All shopping at www.ncix.com. I'd really appreciate any input, I will be buying the parts this Friday.
1. The motherboard. The price is great right now, but what would I be missing by spending more here?
2. Are there any parts that will limit my ability to overclock the cpu in the future?
3. How future proof is this system? In 1-2 years down the road, will I have good options, or are any of these parts last of their generation?
4. Are SS drives worth the money?
Some of the parts I chose for the price. For example the power supply has a good deal on it this week. It's not that I like OCZ, it just seems like a solid PS for that price. The motherboard is in the same boat.
I'm not interested in going for AMD. I know some will strongly disagree with me.
Also, minimizing noise is something I am looking for. The case I love for it's looks, and it has dampers inside. The motherboard is fan-less as well.
1.) Yes, considering the i7-930 isn't compatible with anything that isn't the X58. I highly recommend the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R.
2.) Besides not having an aftermarket heatsink (the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus is excellent)? The RAM is a little on the slow and extremely high on the expensive side. I'd pick up some G.Skill Pi Series 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks.
3.) It's decent, but by going with Intel you're already building yourself out of CPU upgrades. They've already announced they're moving to new sockets in the next year.
4.) Not really, and you don't have the budget for a decently sized unit.
I have some major changes
First, as mentioned above, that board isn't compatible. Grab a good X58 board, like the Gigabyte above.
Second, WD HDDs are pretty slow right now. The ones that aren't are really expensive. Grab either a Seagate 7200.12 1 TB or Samsung Spinpiont F3 1 TB.
Third, that RAM is crazy expensive. You can get much cheaper sticks that will actually be faster.
Fourth, that monitor is also really expensive. I'd get a slightly smaller screen (like 1-2 inches) and save a good $150.
Fifth, while a great case, the Cosmos is (again) really expensive. I'd recommend getting the HAF 922 and saving a lot of money.
Finally, OCZ PSUs aren't that great. I would get a quality unit from Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic or Silverstone.
You may also want to check out Newegg.ca (where I linked to). They're generally cheaper than most places and have a very wide selection.
I'm actually okay with everything else with your build (WD SATA III drive actually beats the Samsung Spinpoint F3 & Seagate 7200.12 in a lot of benchmarks), except for your case. You can get a better performing case like the Cooler Master HAF 932 for much less.
Thank you for the input so far, really appreciate it! I am updating my shopping cart as you give me feedback.
One note, I will be using ncix.com over newegg.ca
-while newegg does have a warehouse in Canada, most of the parts come from the US warehouse. Shipping is expensive, and it takes more time.
-I live a few blocks away from NCIX and can pick it all up for no shipping costs, and I have dealt with them for many years. Decent prices, great service.
Updated shopping cart:
Staying with that case/monitor for now, thinking about your suggestions. I love that case for it's looks and the fact that it has the sound dampers inside. The monitor, I like the size, but it is pretty expensive. May take your advice and drop to a bit smaller screen.
The reason the i5 is a good choice is that it performs almost as well as the i7 in many games. The substantially lower price (the CPU itself, the P55 boards and dual channel RAM) allows for more of the budget to be allocated to the GPU, which has a major impact on gaming performance. Basically, you're saving money on a part that doesn't have a huge impacton performance. The end result is that you get either a similarly performing build for much less (usually around $200-300 US) or you get a vastly better performing build for the same cost.