SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: building for the knowledge and fun of it, practical apps, gaming, oc
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: need only system....and all of it...no KB, M, Monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Amazon, tigerdirect
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, ATI, brand name for the important stuff
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, but slowly
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: crossfire in future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Room to grow, quiet, I just like building. Also I teach compsci at the local community college and this would help though I teach MS apps and basic computer sci, a little programming....no hardware though.
Yes a little HW knowledge helps a lot I got my start many years ago in Advanced DOS and a lil C+ at the local college.
Looking at your build from this new perspective I think I can point to a few things.
A great CPU but you are paying extra to support it and nothing you have said leads me to think you need that much power. i7, LGA 1366 systems are powerful. They are good for heavy multi-taskers, video encoding, CAD, 3D rendering... and very high-end gaming.
Maybe you do need or want this. You could have pretty much similar technology with an LGA 1156 system though, and save a bit for other things of interest.
I think a P55 board capable of SLI/Crossfire would do better. It opens up the budget a bit more too.
ATI 5750 - Well, a bit weak really. 5770 is better if possible as a single GPU solution. My experience is that when someone says they will crossfire later it rarely happens. You get a 6 month window when it's practical at most, and 5750 is not new tech at all.
GTX 460 is wonderful bang for the buck if you can swing it.
hmmm ya true. Get a good brand psu and better graphics card for extra $20 or so.
Agree that sli is dumb unless ur from the future and own crysis 2 already. (pm me if thats the case...)
one top end card is always fun and practical.
you really don't need to know anything about computer hardware.
ya screw in a motherboard and the rest is similar in difficulty to constructing a box made of legos...except legos don't come with detailed instructions.
about the i5-i7 choice... yeah you might not need it, but how much more does it really cost you. Your already getting an intel so price is not that firm i imagine. Get da i7 n u can haz more tflopz.
haha really thou im so tired of dudes telling ppl not to get the best stuff just because you don't really need it and it costs $20 more....I mean this guys not updating databases or writing essays on this thing. He obviously values computing powwahh...If you really can't shell out an extra 1-2 hundred to get top of the line stuff then you don't care about gaming or rendering, in which case why are you building a custom pc at all.
swapped out to the case you suggested, that was my first choice anyway, and took the psu you recommended
i want the 6gb and I want the 930 just because I do
so it adds $45 to the sys and I feel much the better for it...thank you proximan, kyle.
from the sounds of it, the build part doesn't seem to have changed at all....like you said, screw in the mobo and go.
I do have a Q about the cooler though. the intel is a kit or so I remember, with a cooler. I know it is not suitable for OC, but that will come later and I am not sure how much. So that is a future option I guess and by then there might be something else.
I used to OC greatly, taking a P3 500 to 1148, ha! did water cooling to before there were kits. I was a mod on a board called Ninjamicro, a british OC group filled with good 'ol blokes and m8ys
I thought that might be the case on the CPU, but had to say it anyway
Just be very careful with the Intel cooler. The push-pin installation can easily go wrong. Check the bottom of the board after installation of the cooler to verify that the pins are actually all the way engaged.