Hey Guys was wondering if I could get some advice for a gaming comp that I wanted to build. As per the parts listed below, I just wanted to check to make sure that everything is compatible with each other, and maybe some suggestions if a diff manufacture would be better then I have choosen.
Atm I am playing wow, but will be playing diablo 3 when released. I am looking to have a comp that I will not have to replace for hopefully 3 years. I want to be able to play games with max graphic settings on 21" monitor, while keeping the system at a cool temp. I am looking to spend around $1500.00.
APEVIA X-JUPITER S-Type X-JUPITERS-MG Metallic Gray Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
i wouldnt get an athena PSU, it seems a little sketchy, it doesnt mark its max combined 12V rail power, and it says it "supports 80 PLUS" but has no 80 PLUS logo anywhere on its box. This XFX unit is cheaper, modular, and very highly rated at jonnyguru http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would go with the Spinpoint F3 1 TB instead of the WD Caviar Black. Also, are you planning to SLI later on? If so you would need to get a board which supports 8x/8x PCI-E lane configuration, such as the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro.
Preference/SATA III offers no real performance boost compared to SATA II with regards to HDDs, the Spinpoint F3 is one of the fastest available.
Meh although the SATAIII isn't really useful WD blacks are simply better than f3's as bot drives they have significantly better response times meaning it is much faster at loading apps and booting up(10percent roughly). Considering that your HDD is your bottleneck I would definately shell out the extra 20 for it.
Here are benchmakrs comparing the f3 against the older 1tb black. The newer is obviously faster. In the conclusion you will also see that they reccomend the black for higher end builds due to their speed benefits.
Why do you want 6GB minimum? Toms does a regular test to see how much memory you actually need, games have consistently not shown a benefit with more than 4GB of RAM. 6GB wont really help you unless you do modeling, video editing, or work with adobe products on a regular basis. I recommend dual channel because installing 3 sticks into a motherboard designed for dual channel will make it run the memory in single channel mode cutting your memory bandwidth in half.