Hi, I am building a computer for the first time. Following the recent price drops, I am thinking about getting a i7-950 and a nvidia 460 or 465 1gb and 8 gigs of 1333mhz cl9 ram. I would appreciate any recommendations for a motherboard, case and/or psu.
i would sugest the nvidia 460 over the 465. the 460 is more effificient and not really slower. i would suggest a 650w high-quality psu by a reputable company like antec, seasonic, corsair, etc...the case is more a matter of personal preference. but check out the antec 300
Thanks for the replies. My budget is a soft 1200 total for the computer. The reason why I was considering the 465 is that it seems to be cheaper right now. There is one on newegg for 183 after rebates and several free games.
I noticed that the mobo suggested above is a lga 1156. I was under the impression that the i7 required a lga 1366. I'm guessing this is wrong?
Also, should I be concerned at all whether a mobo will fit in a certain case? My understanding is that there are two standard sizes: mATX and ATX. If I get an ATX mobo and an ATX case then I should not have any problems. Please let me know if this is not right.
Thanks everyone for the tips. I ended up getting the following:
6gb of ocz gold ram at 1600
evga 3sli x58 mobo
wd black caviar 2tb hd
palit geforce gtx 460 with 1 gb
lite on dvd burner
CM 690-ii advanced
HP 24' ISP monitor at 1920x1200
I figure I can do a sli configuration later on to upgrade. In which case I probably should have bought a power supply with more power but I guess this is part of the learning process. I'm thinking about buying more fans for my case and a heatsink and fan to replace the stock intel heatsink and fan. The pushpins on the stock heatsink seem like a bad joke.
Anyhow the good news is that the computer worked on my first bootup. Yay. Thanks for the help guys.