Hey guys, I'm a first time builder that needs opinions before purchasing components. I've already bought the Core i7 930, so now I just have to build around it. I'm looking for parts that are proven to be great parts, but don't break the bank. All the parts I currently list are reviewed on various sites on the internet, as well as on the retailer site. Also, the CPU cooler I hope to buy can't be as big as those TRUE heatsinks. Space is an issue in my case.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sunday, Aug. 1, probably by 8pm PT
BUDGET RANGE: $800 - $1100, the lower the better, but I can pay for quality to a point
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 (in the future) - 50%, Videos, internet, productivity 50%
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Sound, Network, OS, Case
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: exclusively NCIX.com for local pickup
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Vancouver, BC
PARTS PREFERENCES: Highly recommended parts. No obscure parts that no one knows about.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, in a couple of months.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire once money allows. 2x 4850 sounds like a good plan for the future.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1280x768
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I really need help on that RAM. I'm not 100% sure it will work. Also, my current case is 16.5" x 7.5" x 18" so any massive parts will probably not work.
My proposed build:
CPU: Intel Core i7 930
Cooler: Noctua NH-C12P SE14 - NCIX page
Mobo: EVGA X58 Micro mATX LGA1366 DDR3 - NCIX page
RAM: Corsair XMS3 TR3X6G1333C9 6GB - NCIX page
GFX Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 4850 - NCIX page
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATA2 - NCIX page
Power Supply: Corsair TX750W 750W ATX - NCIX page
Optical: Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA - NCIX page
Opinions, comments, and critiques are welcome. If I am missing anything, no matter how minor, please let me know, as I am ordering at the same time and hoping to build at the same time once I pick them up.
^ Frankly I dont think you going with i7 930 is a good idea...IMO you will not be able to take advantage of the full potential the i7 offers and also for a gaming PC, the i7 doesn't offer any significant advantage over say an i5 750/ 760...
So my suggestion would be sell the i7 930, get an i5 760 setup...
You can get very good parts, a more powerful card and would be very cost effective...