Hello, I'm trying to make a decent gaming/multi-media computer. This will be my first build and i just need to make sure everything will work. Bellow is a list of components.
1. Motherboard- EVGA X58 3X SLI
2. CPU- Intel core i7 960
3. Case- Antec 1200
4. Power Supply- Ultra X4 850w Modular
5. Ram- Corsair Dominator 6Gb
6. GPU- EVGA Geforce GTX 470( possibly two in order to run in SLI)
7. Hard Drive- Western Digital Cavair Green 800Gb
8. Disk Drive- An LG Blu-ray Burner
9. OS- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
I would like to build this computer for under 3000. Please answer and if you have any other components that you think are better i would be glad to hear about them.
2. The CP-850 is specifically made for the 1200 case, no 850 watta PSU is rated higher in electrical performance, it's extremely quiet and costs you only $90 in the combo. Try getting a comparable PSU like the Corsair HX series for that . Antec 1200 w/ CP-*50 PSU ($240) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
3. RAM - Skip the dominators and go for the low profile modules which won't interfere with 3rd party heat sinks. Big bargain on 7-8-7-20 modules or spend a few more bucks for CAS 6
Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):
Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly.
CPU Heat Sink - Prolimatech Megahalems ($65) w/ twin PWM fans and IC Diamond Carat TIM. W/ your case and this cooler, will get 3.8 Ghz at core temps in low 50's under Prime 95 .... low 70's at 4.2 Ghz.
The Intel i7 930 has less gigahertz than the 960. Now it is cheaper, but i think i would like the power of the 960 in order to run my Adobe Production Premium CS4. Now i know that i could overclock the 930, but i have read that that is a dangerous thing to do as it can ruin the processor. As for CPU cooling a might consider a heatsink, but what about an all in one liquid cooling system like the Corsair H50. The power supply that you replied with is a 750w and i would really like at least an 850w. Thank you for your reply i really appreciate it and please reply to this at your earliest convenience.