Hello there, I was looking for some input on the rig I've specced out. Started as a closer to $1k build, but I can't seem to resist shiny extras like a blu-ray drive and an SSD.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon (0-2 weeks)
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1500 USD
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, general productivity, VMs, transcoding
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, monitor, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, though I'm not picky. amazon is excellent too if the price is good.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
OVERCLOCKING: Yes (quite likely)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
I already have the case and CPU. Obviously, 850W is definite over-kill, but it was a great combo deal, and I decided it was worth the added $40 over the 650W to future-proof as I plan to re-use the case and PSU in future builds
The total is $1560, so I'm breaking my own budget, but I have access to the Intel employee discount which knocks the CPU down to $150 and the SSD down to $140. This brings the build in at <$1400. Of course, I could knock another $250 off that if I don't get functionality additions like blu-ray, an SSD, and data redundancy.
Any thoughts? Are there any motherboards worth the extra cash? Is an SSD still a little silly at my budget even with the discount?
Unless you're planning on getting Power DVD 10 or whatever the version is, it might be worth only going with a standard DVD Writer. If you're going to be using the machine as a Blu-Ray player on top of everything else then fine but most people would get a player as part of a HT setup in their living room. Just making suggestions to save you cash.
If you can get the Intel discount then go for it, keep the SSD as its a good option definately and RAID 1 F3's is good if you're in need of some extra security.
So yeah, good build but my only gripe personally would be the Blu-Ray drive.