Hey guys! This is my first post here, but after looking through the forums a bit I decided the user base is pretty knowledgeable, so here it goes. It's been nearly six years since I build my last PC, so I need some updating.
Here is a "mock" build I did on newegg. This is a gaming rig with a bit of room to grow (non-essiential parts are ommited):
CPU: Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD9 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 XL ATX Intel Motherboard RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory PS: SPARKLE COMPUTER CORP Gold Class GW-EPS1250DA 1250W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply CASE: LIAN LI PC-A70F Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case VIDEO: (1x for now) EVGA 015-P3-1482-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Note: I know that's a lot of power for this system, but I think that as time moves on I'll add more 480's to curb changing technology. Also, I plan to purchase a SATA 6Gb/s SDD for the OS and use the 1TB for data/media. Any suggestions is a great help!
Get an i7-930 instead of the 960, it's not worth the additional premium. Even if you don't overclock, you'll see very little difference between the i7-930 and i7-960 in gaming. The UD9 is overkill, but if you want the additional features, go for it. You will probably be just fine with the UD3 though.
For a socket 1366 build, you want 6 GB of RAM, not 4 GB. That way you can fully utilize the triple-channel memory controller. 6 GB of the G.Skill ECO series would be a fine choice.
Power consumption isn't as big an issue, IMO. The Sparkle is bundled with the Lian Li case, otherwise I was looking for antec. Yes I plan to add video cards as technology tries to pass be by. How many cards can this MOBO run on full 16x paths? 2 or 4?
As for the 480, I may try to get two (depending on how much more I want to save). And go with 3 after a while down the road when it's way cheaper.
The board specs are tailored for SLI or Crossfire, so if I could up for a 5970 and just pick up more as the 6000s come out, would that be optimal? I've always used Nvidia, thus my hesitation of switching to Radeon...