APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP with Budget of about $2000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, Office programs,
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, soundcard, or Blu-ray
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S): Newegg, or other reputable company USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: NVIDIA and INTEL
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly in future, not neeeded now.
MONITOR RESOLUTION:, 1920x1200)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've picked out most of the parts, and will list them, looking for any other alternatives/feedback/and also making sure it's compatible.....didn't add any cooling as of yet, will that be needed?
Also the Windows for PC builders, Total comes to 2181 before taxes. Again, any suggestions of better/cheaper but still good performing, or anything that i might be missing, even cords, etc.....I wasn't so sure on if the case would cool it enough/be big enough, and if i need that power supply or RAM, but it wasn't much more so i put that in. Thanks!
Sniper's not all that it's cut out to be. Unless you're needing the portability I'd switch to a HAF 922 for the case. You won't need 12GB of RAM, 6GB is more than enough for gaming and general use. If you're doing something that might need the extra RAM though..
With the HD, unless you're comboing or something a Samsung F3 1TB is usually cheaper and performs at least as well.
Whatever case you use, you'll end up hating all those extra cables, and you don't need that much power.
If you can stand the looks of the thing, this XFX 850W is a great PSU at a great price, and modular also. And yes, it's actually superior to the 950TX in quality. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you add a second GTX 470 in the future, the theoretical max draw of your system will still only be around 600W. Usually much less while gaming. Factor in adequate margin and transistor aging and the XFX 850W is still more than enough.
I would pick the Storm Sniper over the HAF strictly for looks, but agree that in an engineering sense the HAF 922 probably has an edge.
I also like the look of the sniper (originally was going to use it on my build) but HAF runs cooler and not having a black interior at its price was a let-down. But yes, on the outside it looks awesome (to me anyway)
You can always tell by looking at the pics... look closley at the MB tray and locate the third row of standoff screw holes.
In the case of the Scout it's a bit odd because it's the 4th row. I have no idea what the third row is for there. Anyway, see the difference in distance between the screw holes and the drive cages when you compare the Sniper and the Scout? That gives you an indication of how much extra space will be left for longer cards.
Not too much space in the Scout, sadly. A good case for a couple smaller cards in SLI or Crossfire, for LAN parties.