Hello, this is my first time taking the plunge and I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out how to choose a motherboard, case and power supply. Any help you guys could give me would be greatly appreciated.
Purchase Date: Within a week or so. Budget: Around $800 System usage: Gaming and game programming; I split usage with a netbook Parts not required: Speakers, keyboard & mouse, will buy monitor separately Country of origin: United States Parts preferences: None Overclocking: Probably not; I always screw this sort of thing up Crossfire: Only if it's a better value Monitor resolution: Will buy it afterward, probably 1680x1050; currenly using an old 1600x1200 CRT Additional Comments: Willing to spend more to make it quiet
As for a motherboard, you need a 1156 socket to go with that processor, and since you mentioned crossfiring, you’ll need one with at least 2 pci-e slots operating at 8x/8x. These two are not that expensive and have nice feature sets, and the MSI even has USB 3.0. Asus has one that is 3.0 for $150 if you are interested.
MSI P55A-G55 LGA 1156 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Looking at a PSU, since you are thinking about crossfiring down the road, looking at a good 650W unit is probably best (although you potentially could drop down to 600W). It is important to get a good brand for your PSU or you risk it failing and taking out your other components. If you think you won’t ever crossfire, drop down to a 500W-550W Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, OCZ or other reputable brand
Cases are more of a personal choice, but good airflow is important, and having at least two 120mm fans is key. Antec 300/300 Illusion is often recommended for those on a budget, and I’ve had friends have good luck with the NZXT M59. The Cooler Master CM 690 also is often recommended on these forums.
As for your Blu-ray question, if it’s worth it to you, it’s worth it. Personally, I’d save the $20 bucks and put it toward something else.
A P55 is not only for cross firing as there are some without that ability. H55/57 motherboards are targets toward a more basic market (HTPC, workstation, etc). However, I would go with a regular ATX motherboard, rather than a mini/micro ATX, as the larger size doesn’t crowd your components or limit expansion room.
As for your SSD idea, I don’t much about them and I know speed can vary greatly from brand to brand and model to model. If you are serious about the SSD idea, I might start another topic only about that recommendation, as I can’t give you much of an educated opinion.
believe me in every review i read about the lancool they all said that it was very very quiet the same goes to the psu and video card
the video card's cooling is very quiet
the powersupply is also very quiet
also this is a very quiet cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the sonata sucks at cooling it gonna make your system run hotter and louder.