SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Heavy Gaming. Some MATLAB, MAPLE, MATHEMATICA, SOLIDWORKS.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an Intel CPU, Gigabyte Mother board, Kingston Memory. I will use an 27" LCD Samsung P2770HD.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes (in the near future), CPU, M-Board, G.Card. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (in the near future (2 HD8570))
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A quiet build is always a plus. I would like to eventually add a second graphics card (another HD5870). Most importantly I am looking for something that is reliable and will be able to run all new games without a prooblem (Crysis, Bioshock 2, Dead Space, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, Fallout 3, Far Cry 2). It is really important to me that the PSU and the Case will be good enough to handle a Cross Fire and OverClock without any temperature or reliability problems. Also, I'm thinking about adding a SSD flash drive in the future.
- Is the PSU delivers enough power? (850W), is it too much?
- Is the case big enough for cross fire (or the card itself), is the case good enough in terms of temprature and overclock?
- Do I need more fans? or other cooling solution?
- Can I save anywhere and give up on something or to choose lower price component?
- Do I need the 1600MHz memory speed?
- Yes an 850W PSU will probably be right if you're wanting to OC CPU AND GPU.
- Yes the Antec 902 is a good case, will be able to fit two 5870s and give them good airflow.
- The case will come with enough fans. And the Scythe Mugen 2 is a very good cooler, better than the often recommended Hyper 212 Plus and atm I think it is cheaper on newegg. If you were prepared to spend about $70 you could get one of the best aircoolers for a CPU. Have a look at the Prolimatech Megahalems.
- The WD FEAX probably is the fastest terabyte drive available today, but I doubt it is fast enough to justify the extra cost over a Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB drive. Which would be a ~$20-30 saving which might pay for you to get the Prolimatech.
- I believe that 1600mhz memory would be handy when OCing the CPU.