I have a 2k budget currently and its for a project. I am a gamer and not TOO heavy on overclocking. Gonna be using my same keyboard, mouse and CD drive, and backup HD from my current build. Here is what I got so far:
CPU: i7 930
CPU Cooler: Corsair H50 Watercooling
PSU: Corsair 850HX
MOBO: Not sure yet..help?
RAM: Not 100% sure yet
CASE: Probably Antec 902
HD: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3
VID CARD: Asus 5870
Also might throw in some cathodes in the case for some pretty colors.
Here is the correct format:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month
BUDGET RANGE: $2,000 USD
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movies/music, schoolwork
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, headphones, CD drive, backup HD.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: ( USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel for CPU. Thats basically it.
If you dont plan to crossfire in the future you definitely dont need an 850W PSU, you can crossfire on a good 750W and on an i7 build i definitely suggest leaving that option open. The XFX 750W unit is quite solid and reasonably priced for its performance and being modular. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I have a 4850 and i can play things at max settings at 1280x1024 and on fairly high settings at 1920x1080. A 4870/5770 would be enough to max anything(except crysis) out at 1440x900 and give you good frames, adding more graphics power once you can max it out doesnt help you at all and just wastes money, having a GPU pushing 200FPS to a monitor that only has a 60Hz refresh rate isnt going to be any different than having a GPU pushing a constant 60FPS to a monitor that has a 60Hz refresh rate, either way you still only see 60 frames per second. Also gaming on a larger monitor is nicer too.
Ambient temperature still affect you with water cooling, the way the H50 works is that you generally end up pushing air through its radiator on its way out of your case, so its still based off of a difference between the water temperature and ambient temperature. Low cost water cooling system like the H50 give you significantly less performance than a similarly priced air cooler. A Prolimatech Megahalem still costs $17 less than the H50 but would significantly out perform it by probably 5C or more.
its 1920 x 1080 but idk about hertz. My current one uses 60 so I hope this one supports 75 and looks fine with it. The thing is, I games after 30 fps look fine. But getting higher in some games give you better registry with the shot, shoot faster, better hipfire, etc.
You don't need a 750TX or greater obviously, but the 750 is actually cheaper than the 650 right now at Newegg, unless I'm missing a combo somewhere.
Even with shipping that's ~$300 shy of $2000, so you could fit the i7-930 plus the added cost of the MB and triple channel memory if its worth it to you. You also might be able to knock off the cost of F3, if your current backup HDD is up to snuff. Just a thought.
I did a few updates. Tell me what you guys think. I feel that the h50 is worth it. Tests show it. I dont mind paying a little extra either. That goes for the PSU (future upgrades). So no discussion on those if you guys could