APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In 1 month unless something significant is coming out in the next few months that I can afford.
BUDGET RANGE: $1,200
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: WoW: Cataclysm, Other various games including Crysis, High Quality Blu-ray Rips, and PS3 Media Server
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS, and Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com and/or Amazon.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel and nVidia (I use CoreAVC a lot so I would like to have CUDA support)
OVERCLOCKING: The heat sinks I have in this current build I know will not get me far but I made room to upgrade with this setup but yes I will be Overclocking
SLI: Yes... as a future upgrade
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 40" Bravia 1920 x 1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build. I have wanted to do this for many many years but did not have the money. I originally planed to buy this around Black Friday this year but I am very impatient and I built a rig off newegg that does everything I need. So unless you know something that is coming out in the next 4-5 months that I can afford for this build I think I will buy it early.
Mobo = Intel Desktop Board DX58SO Extreme Series: This mobo supports everything that I can think of that I need including a must for my setup DTS Connect since I am going optical to my Sony STR-DH800. This is the main part I am sketchy on. Is there something better for me? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The reason I picked that previous PSU is because Neweggs PSU finder said that is what I would need to power what I planed on adding in the future. So that PSU I have now will let me add another GTX 470, a Blu-ray or DVD-RW, 2 more sticks of that RAM, upgrade to a i7 core, and another 1TB drive for RAID 0?
Also should I get a different drive since that Mobo supports SATA 6Gb/s or is that for SSD drives?
Edit: Upgrade the HDD to this?
F3 is best bang for buck. The $20 price premium for the WD isn't worth it. Mechanical HD's are barely saturate the original SATA I interface, not even close to SATA II limit, so SATA III is just a marketing gimmick.
You'll need a SSD to even consider needed SATA III.
Peripherals power usage is insignificant. Biggest are GPU + CPU. Everything else combined isn't even 50watts.
I just don't like blue lol. The sky is blue and plants are green. Those colors are everywhere and I am tired of them. ^_^... leave it to a gamer to basically say he hates the outside. "Dude you need to go outside"... "Outside WTF is that?"
Thanks for your help banthracis I will be sticking with that setup until I get the money for this in about a month unless someone else has some better ideas or prices dramatically increase for some reason.
I was just reading the review on here about the GTX 470 and I get multi-channel LPCM through it. So I don't really need DTS Connect and I can just have the HDMI from the GTX 470 going to my Sony STR-DH800 carrying the video and audio. One less cable and I don't have to tax the CPU to encode my LPCM to DTS.