APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of this week I plan on making the order.
BUDGET RANGE: 800-1000 USD. Although I'd rather keep it as low as possible.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Programming (for school, I'm a Comp. Sci. major), browsing internet.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Don't need a monitor or OS (gonna be using Windows 7 64-bit). I don't have a keyboard, mouse, or speakers..however I can do that research myself.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preferences for Brands, I look for the best bang for the buck. Although i typically go with Corsair for PSU because I don't like skimping out on it, however I am flexible..at least with the major brands like XFX, etc.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe..leaning towards yes though.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No. Possibly in the future but not now.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I have a 19" monitor I will be using at 1920x1080.
This is a build I came up with, let me know what you guys think, if you think I should modify anything, etc:
I would encourage you to change to the 955, as the 965 is just a factory OCed 955 - it has it's multiplier up a notch or two above where it is on the 955.
I would recommend a different motherboard if you want to add another graphics card in the future. Firstly because the second PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot on that motherboard is only x4, which is less than ideal for adding as second, fast graphics card to. Also that board doesn't support SLI officially.
I'd prefer the G.Skill set you mentioned.
For the storage drive, the fastest HDDs and at very good prices are the Samsung Spinpoint F3 and Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 at either 500GB or 1TB.
I really like that set up. However, I have a couple questions. You prefer Sparkle's cooling solution to MSI Cylclone's cooling? I'm trying to figure out which has the better cooling solution becuase I am going to overclock the core/shader/memory just a bit..most likely to 800/1600/2000. At least until I am able to get another card for SLI, which to be honest won't be for at least another 2 months.
And I have seen the Lancool you posted there, and I was a bit torn between that case and the Coolermaster. I will probably go with the Lancool since it has a combo deal with a very nice PSU as you posted. I do have a bit of a concern with air intake though since it only has the one intake fan in the front, and three exhaust fans in the back. I guess I could flip the exhaust fan in the back and have it intake air, but I'd rather there was an another intake fan in the front or one on the side.
and the lancool has great airflow just leave every fan as they are.
Okay, very nice. Thanks alot for the help. One more question though. With the rig you set up I'd be able to afford the SSD as a boot up drive I posted in my original post, do you think I go for it; or should I put that money towards a better keyboard/mouse?