SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Anime, Web Surfing, General use
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Power Supply(Corsair 750W), Western Digital 640GB HDD, Antec 900 Case
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Amazon, Other online retailers
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
Just to clarify, I have Windows Home Upgrade - Can I full install off this?
Ideally, this computer is designed mainly to gaming, high end if possible. I'm in need of Ram, CPU, GPU and MoBo. Unfortunately, I've got a little knowledge but not enough, hence asking you guys here. Below is what I started with in needing.
In regards to that fan, I know it's overpriced on newegg. Amazon ships in 1-2 months, any other places I could look for cheaper? Also, Thermal paste is Arctic Silver. I'm definately open to suggestions, especially concerning RAM, but everything else as well. Help me make this better!
I don't think you should turn down an SLI configuration completely. It's fine if you don't want one right now, but in a couple of years' time, you may find yourself needing to upgrade to a new GPU and having to spend a hefty sum to do so. Bear in mind that GPU's prices go way down really fast, so in a couple of years just getting a second GTX 460 (and therefore nearly doubling your gaming ability) may be extremely cost-efficient. I suggest getting a mobo that supports SLI, even if it does cost a bit more (somewhere in the 160-180$ range).
In terms of RAM, it really depends on how far you plan on overclocking it. Crucial's DDR-1333 CAS 9 has great value for its price, and overclocks great. I doubt you'll be needing anything more than that, especially for a gaming-centered system.
You've got a great build planned, but I think the desire for SLI may come up in the near future. Therefore this would be my choice for the motherboard EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard. I've also used the G Skills RAM and love it's stability.
Thank you for the link to the fan elsewhere. Wasnt even aware of microcenter!
Ram, after looking after those mentioned, I will probably use G skill. I used them in my last system and have had no issues with them. Will 4GB be enough to run Win7 x64 and games without much worry to ram concerns?
Dav thank you for the motherboard choices. I was hesitant with either one since they had no reviews and I dont exactly know the specs info to well. I'm leaning towards that MSI GD65.
Yes, it's fine. The major bottlenecks in games are the GPU and a more distant CPU. Memory is not likely to be an issue, and at 4GB it'll probably be the least worrisome item you'll have in your system.
I myself own the MSI P55-GD65, and it's a fantastic choice. The OC Genie button is ingenious, and does a very good job of overclocking without having to even look at the BIOS. There are plenty of reviews on the motherboard in many respectable sites, and they almost all unanimously vouch for it. Here are a few: AnandTech, [H]ard|OCP, Overclockers Club, and Legit Reviews.
Alright, think I will go with that board then. Seems pretty solid from reading some of the links you presented.
In regard to GPU, I currently have a GTX 260. I was looking at a 460, but perhaps I should be aiming towards a 470 instead? Is there a real difference from a 260 to a 460 or is it just a sidegrade at best?
Yes, the GTX 460 is a good choice...possibly the best choice. It is also good that you are now getting an SLI capable board. I myself am not a big fan of dual card set ups, but the GTX 460s are just too damn good in SLI to not have a mobo capable of doing it. In fact, if not SLIing I would go with the more powerful but more expensive 5850. Yet, as soon as you put 2 cards into the equation the GTX 460 actually outclasses 2 x 5850s and cost significantly less.
Given that the GTX 460 is a revamped Fermi design, I would buy that over the 470 or 480s which are the original fermi design and are horrible.
Also, at your resolution, you won't need more power than a GTX 460, so a 470 or 480 would be wasted money. If ever you did get a 1920 x 1080 resolution monitor you could have a 2nd GTX 460 which will outperform the GTX 480 for a lot less money