APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Has to be purchased by Friday
BUDGET RANGE: shooting for $1500, but I have some wiggle room
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: High End Gaming (I want to max any game I play), content creation (i.e. Photoshop w/ 500megs images open), Dreamweaver (with 10 pages open), Firefox with 20+ tabs), all running at the same time
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel for CPUs, Nvidia for GPUs
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280 x 1024 (I have always preferred 19" monitors)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Shooting for a high-mid range to enthusiast build.
I have looked at a few boards, and I picked this one because of the features (USB 3.0 mainly, I can't wait to get a USB 3.0 external drive, I move hundreds of gigs of data around) and it seems that a lot of people agree this is a solid choice.
This PS was recommended from a few lists I have looked at, I honestly don't know much about power supplies. I really just need something that is going to power my rig fine, have cables to reach whatever is in my case, and something quiet.
These two cards caught my eye as I was browsing video card choices, but I haven't seen reviews for the GTX 465, I am wondering just how much faster they are than the other card I chose. I would love to hear to thoughts on Nvidia cards under $300. I have had bad experiences many many times with ATI cards, so I usually stick to Nvidia only.
I am not set on this case. I love the fact that it states right in the description that it can fit the new huge video cards. I am not really loving the fact that my office PC will look like it belongs to a 15 year old at a LAN party. I currently have a Antec P182, love this case, but I know for a fact it won't fit a large video card, the 8800 I have now barely fits.
I think I have a pretty solid setup, looking for any comments or criticisms, and maybe a little help with choosing a video card.
that board is JUST as good and a MUCH MUCH MUCH better deal with that ram, gonna save u a lot!!!!!!
1200 case is excellent, u could always change the fans if u dont want the "15 year old look" - if you go with the 1200 though, u should go with the PSU for it http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
quality is that of the corsair and its built for the case, wires are perfect length and it is also modular.
if your looking for a sleek case that fits the "big video cards" there a re a lot out there, check out silverstone and lian li - they are prob the 2 most solid case companies around.
do u have a limit on what u want to spend on a case?
The Antec P183 has that removable hard drive cage that opens up a huge space for any long video cards you might want to use. And you'd still have a good amount of HDD space. Same price as the 1200 case. Antec P183
The choice of video cards and possibility of a Crossfire or SLI option is the biggest factor in choice of power supply size.
Why i7? simply put a quad-core i7 does everything better than AMD for a very small price premium. Unless your wanting a big GPU on a $1000 budget Intel CPU's will give large increases on most productivity and highly CPU demanding applications you have.
Really if you want to save the money just cut the SSD, it's something that is nice that I threw in just to fill out the budget. This rig could do everything you want exceptionally well at the $1300 price point.
really good value on that ram as your getting 6gb of tri-channel memory for about $100. Reviews of it seem fairly good though. Again better ram doesn't mean enough to throw a lot of extra money at it unless it's a workstation.
People finally rose the price of HAF 922s but this case came highly recommended to me and review seem solid. HAF 922 ... why aren't you $90 with free shipping anymore!!! Lucky I bought mine two days ago when everyone still had free shipping on the suckers.
GRAND TOTAL - ~$1435
Similiar to what I just bought, but unfortunately I use lots of 3dsmax, AutoCaD, and am messing around with fluid dynamic simulations so I had to go Nvidia for the CUDA cores.
btw - where are u located, if you have a micro center near by it will save you 100 dollars on your processor.
if you went with everything you listed in your post
but switched out video cards for the 5870s suggested, switched to the silverstone case, added the h50 cooler, went with the board and ram i suggested. and a 650 watt corsair PSU....