I'm looking to build a fast machine that will be good for some gaming (SC2), but also just generally capable (I like to multitask, and I dislike waiting). I want this to last awhile. I've read that overclocking is easier these days, so I may try that out once I have the machine together.
My thoughts on this build is to later add in a second 5770, along with another 4 GB of ram, and possibly a second hard drive for RAID 1.
For reference, I intend to get a 23-24" LCD monitor, either at 1900 x 1080, or x 1200 if I can find one.
Here are the parts, including links to Micro Center (which is conveniently located near my parents):
CPU: i5-760 Motherboard: GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 P55 ATX Graphics Card: Radeon HD 5770 CuCore 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe Graphics Card Memory: 4GB DDR3-1600 (PC-12800) Gold Low Voltage CL8 Memory Kit Case: Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case PSU: TX 650 Watt ATX Power Supply Hard Drive: Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS-RK 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Optical Drive: AD-7260S 24X SATA Internal DVD Burner - OEM
Total Cost: $843 - $75 in rebates = $769 + Windows 7 + Monitor
I'm still unsure about cooling. Will I want to buy some additional fans, or will the case + processor come with enough, at least to start with?
Re Windows 7: Should I get the "system builder" version, or the regular home premium version?
Anyone see anything that isn't compatible, or something they think is a mistake? I'm open to advice, and I really appreciate everyone's help. Thanks!
You dont want to get everything from microcenter, they have a good deal on the CPU, but not on a bunch of the other things. You can save quite a bit if you get some online and only a couple things at microcenter.
You can save $10 on the motherboard before rebate and then combo it with windows on newegg to save a bit more, i dont recommend paying for anything more than home premium, i got professional free from school but havent seen any difference between it and home premium on my mothers machine http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
The case will come with enough fans to keep your temps reasonably low, but if you want to start OCing i suggest getting a couple more fans for it and a good heatsink for the CPU.