I'm building a new system to do some high-end gaming, and am seeking advice/guidance on a build that I've put together based on a lot of posts throughout the forums.
I've got a budget of about $3,000.
I intend to run 3 monitors (if not now, then soon), and will be using the computer pretty much only for high-end gaming.
I will be overclocking a bit (perhaps the CPU up to 4ghz, nothing too crazy). Not planning on overclocking the RAM as I've never done it before.
Thank you to MadAdmiral already for unknowingly contributing a lot to this build:
CPU: i7-930 $288.99 Mobo: ASUS P6X58D $239.99 - I am debating between this and the similar Gigabyte board- from my understanding this board is a bit more "future proof" and will support my future crossfire/SLI GPUs. RAM: Mushkin Redline $239.99 - Again, I'm not too knowledgeable with RAM, but from what I've read this is a good choice (and hopefully it is fully compatible!) GPU: ASUS HD 5970 $699.99 - I plan on eventually purchasing a second one of these in the future, once games start requiring more GPU power for High-End gaming. SSD: OCZ Vertex 120GB $299 - On sale until tonight! I may not get this in the initial build, may add this on in the future. Especially if I don't purchase it tonight. HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB $89.99 PSU: I already have a Thermalpower ToughPower 850W PSU that I haven't had any problems with. I'm willing to purchase a new one upon recommendation: Corsair CMPSU 850 Case: HAF 922 $89.98 I like it a lot, but am open to suggestions. Optical: Cheap ASUS Sata DVD Burner $25.99 HSF: Megahalems CPU Cooler $69.99 OS: Windows 7 Home 64 OEM $100
Monitors: I have a 22" viewsonic XV2235 Widescreen at the moment- debating purchasing 3 new (sony?) monitors- this may come at a later time. Any suggestions?
Total Cost (So Far): $2,278.89
Please let me know what you think of this build- if I am going way overboard for games coming out this year, or if you think I should add something with my budget.
Save yourself $300 amd don't get Ssd YET. I would go for the haf 932 it's a bigger case and better airflow. That is a ridic CPU cooler, but one of the best. What games do you plan on playing to utilize these 3 screens? That gpu is going to last an awful long time, but I would get a different brand. Maybe xfx or sapphire. Use that $300 from ssd and use it on 3 beast monitors for whatever your gaming needs. Ptherwise that build looks solid to me.
I currently play a few MMOs with at least two accounts, and would use multiple monitors to manage several screens at once (hooray multitasking!). Also, I love playing RPGS (Oblivion), FPS (Crysis, Farcry, etc), and several RTSes (including Supreme Commander). I realize that some of these games won't be eyefinity compatible, but I'm looking into a few new games that are.
SSD wise if you're willing to spend $200 get a X25-M G2 80 gb drive.
If you're willing to spend $250, get 2 X250-V 40 GB in Raid 0.
If you're willing to spend $300 get a Vertex LE 100gb. There's the Corsair Nova too. The Vertex is better performing, but the Corsair is ~20 GB larger, but has issues, see below.
If you're willing to spend $400 get 2 X25-M 80GB in Raid 0.
I don't like the Corsair Nova because it's random read/write is just horrendous, and that has the biggest impact on user experience. Really, ATM you should only be using sandforce or Intel controllers for a SSD.