So after a few weeks of scouring the internet and asking you fine folks for suggestion on parts, I've got all the parts now except for a blu-ray drive (SO HARD TO FIND A GOOD ONE!!!!!). Would love some feedback or if there are any warnings or if there is any part you feel like would not work with my build, anything.
Mind you, I'm in California so I got screwed on Newegg w/ Tax. Realized I could've bought everything sent it to friend in NY to ship to me and saved myself at least 75 dollars on taxes, and spent about 20-30 shipping from there to here. Will keep that in mind for next time, I guess.
Prices include tax/shipping
Windows 7/ Office - Will buy the 29.95 upgrade and the 79.95 office for students
Samsung LED XL2370 (1920x1080) , 23 inches, 2 ms: LED takes a bit getting used to looking at , and definitely can't sit too close. Bought this many months ago for PS3.
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-e PRo: got in combo for 230 dollars in a combo
Cooler: Came w/ mobo, the Tuniq Tower 120
CPU - core i5 750- 169.99
GPU- Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1 GB- heard very great reviews on this when running SC 2, which is the main game i will play, 219.99
Came out to 421 dollars or so w/ tax at Microcenter
Total comes out to around 1630, was hoping to spend under 1500. Not including the blu-ray drive. Thinking of waiting for Black Friday for that.
Hopefully I have enough SATA Cables (this is first build so i don't have any spare parts lying around) and everything fits in the case. Any advice before I start setup? I heard dust was a problem w/ HAF 932, any way to avoid it? I read in a few posts that dust filters were counterproductive.
The case fans should already be set. Since you have a top vent fan you have a choice of the CPU fan pushing air from the front, through the fins and out the back or up through the fins and out the top.
Thanks @sp12, like I said, most of the recommendations were from users here after researching/getting it down to 3-4 options. The only thing I had 2nd thoughts about were getting CL7D ram or CL6D ram. Figured I'm new enough that I won't notice the difference anyways, and Haf X was out of my range for the case. Ended up getting a DVDrw drive since I had a 5 dollar coupon from Amazon (apparently they send one if you subscribed to magazines via amazon) that I was able to use (since it expires next month, figured might as well get that).
@coldsleep Kind of wish I didn't buy the sound board then! Oh well. I listen to a lot of Classical music recorded in the 40s/50s and i think it'll help. Not sure about all of the hoopla behind 7.1 though, makes for an awkward setup.
@dndhatcher SOrry, I was mostly referring to the Tuniq 120, it seems like they give you a few options on how to place it? Not sure what worked best w/ the HAF 932, I'm getting this vacuum in the near future but not sure when. http://www.amazon.com/Metro-Vacuum-ED500-500-Watt-Elect...
However, I'd like to dust as infrequently as possible, just b/c I'm placing my tower in a corner that might be a bit of a hassle to take out of once it's in place.
Well, if you're an audiophile, you might notice the difference. Most people won't. I'd give it a try without the card, see what you think, and if you like it, return the card (if you can). If you can't, no worries.