SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the internet, movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Nothing !
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.ca
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel/ATI
CROSSFIRE: Not for now
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (2 monitors, but only playing on 1)
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my final build and I need an evaluation. Were could I save money ? Does my Build make sense at all ? Do I need a 5850 to run games at my resolution ? Should I get a 500MB HDD and get Mushkin CAS 6 ? etc.
In fact, I wont be playing on 2 monitors and that explains why I didn't choose neither 5850s nor a 5970.
Since I'm planning on overclocking my CPU at a least 4GHz ( At first, I wanted to get an i7 930, but with the 875K at barely the same price, I chose the unlucked one so I can save on my MOBO + RAM) and I do think the Noctua isn't terribly overpriced since it's one of the best out there. But, since you recommended the CM, I would like to know why because you could be right.
Case and PSU wise, if you tell me the HAF 922 and a 750TX is more than enough I would be pleased to save on those.
RAM wise x58 works on tri channel memory, hence you need 3 sticks of RAM, meaning 3 or 6gb. Since 4gb is the current standard, people mostly opt for 6gb. You're linking 4gb kits, not 6gb kits.
Re: Trident RAM
Getting back to the theme of today’s article, we wanted to find the absolute best memory available for under $150, and we have a clear winner. Reaching a data rate more than 100 MHz higher than its closest competitor, G.Skill’s Trident DDR3-2000 (model F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD) took a clear lead that earns it an award. The fact that it was also able to run its rated DDR3-2000 at CAS 7 and our preferred DDR3-1600 at CAS 6 simply reaffirms its award-worthiness.
Unlocked processors are a waste of money. You're paying extra for a processor that neither performs nor overclocks better than the standard versions they are based upon (i7-860 in this case).
Our perceptions changed when Intel told us that they will not be binning these processors in a special way or marketing them at die-hard overclockers, but instead at system builders who can utilize the unlocked core features to provide cheap pre-overclocked systems with minimal fuss.