Hi everyone. It's been a while since I built a PC (~10 years). I wanted to get some feedback, tips, opinions on this build. I wanted to just go with Cyberpower, but I keep reading horror stories about them.
Please let me know if I'm missing anything, using parts that don't play nice, etc...
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the month (latest 7/1/2010) BUDGET RANGE: Up to $1150 before rebates SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: School work, gaming, movies PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, Monitor. I may have a keyboard mouse, but would love some ideas on something cheap, yet decent. PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, but willing to go with someone else COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A., California specifically PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, ATI OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Ability to upgrade in the future, add vid card for crossfire, more memory, etc.
To be perfectly honest, there's no reason to go with a SATA 6 Gb/s mechanical hard drive. Current 7200rpm drives don't max out SATA II. As far as I can tell, SATA 6 Gb/s is pretty much a marketing gimmick (for mechanical drives). It's possible that the WD Velociraptors burst above SATA II briefly, but not at sustained rates.
That being said, the WD1002FAEX is a perfectly fine drive and should perform approximately the same as the Samsung Spinpoint F3, as long as you don't mind paying $30 or so extra for SATA 6 Gb/s.
You might want to check jonnyguru for a review of that power supply, and additionally, 800W is overkill for your build. You could easily get by with 550-650W.
Finally, what resolution are you planning on gaming at? What kind of games? The 5770 is underpowered for fps games at 1920x1080, but it should be fine for strategy games at that resolution. Or if you're gaming at 1280x1024, it will be overkill for everything.