Look at this new rig i have spent 15 hours straight researching and improving to my likings i was wondering if all my parts would be compatible with one another and if they would fit with each other as well as inside my case... any upgrade suggestions would be appreciated thanks
Gpu-Diamond Viper ATI Radeon HD 5870
Cpu-Intel Core i7 860
Motherboard-ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX
Ram-CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB
Hard drive-Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 3.5 Inch, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM SATA II
First... GPU to Monitor is way overkill! You will never need the power of the 5870 on a 19" monitor. I would upgrade to at least a 1920x1080 resolution monitor, which can be found around 21". If you don't want a different monitor I would downgrade to the 5770 (at most 5850).
Second... I would go with the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro instead. It provides equal or better performance for less money. It gives you USB 3.0 & SATA 6.0Gb/s support, which you board doesn't.
Third... I would get a better CPU cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus. The Zalman 9500 isn't the best of coolers and you won't be able to push your CPU as high with it.
Forth... I would go with the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB over the WD. It is the faster drive as it is based on two 500GB platters. Also, the price is cheaper
Everything else looks good. Your motherboard will come with all the requires cables, so you don't need anything bought seperately for your system.
haha thats funny all of the suggestions for hardware just ended up being what i had originally selected before i knew anything about making a custom computer... i just ended up changing them back
also what are your opinions regarding thermal paste?
lol o and one more thing whats the performance difference between a 5850 and a 5870, noticeable?
I typically recomment Arctic Silver 5 but I took part in the IC Diamond test in the CPU section and I found the results to be a little better than AS5, so I would go with either or & throw in OCZ Freeze as well
So any of the three (which ever one is cheapest for you )
WOOT!!! 'Thank you Ive been working so hard to get all the right stuff and i think that your recommendations helped me substantially and it gave me reassurance that i was not getting the wrong gear, Im gonna have so much fun when i get my parts im really happy with the parts that are going to be in it. Again Thank you so much for your help!