This will be the 4th PC I build for gaming. I've gained a bit of experience each time but usually get out of touch with technology between upgrades so any general advice is good too! I'm looking for counter-recommendations or maybe any details or incompatibilities I missed in my proposed build. I purchased the 460 GTX after rave reviews and thought I'd test it in my current system to see if it upped performance significantly, and although it helped it was bottlenecked by the rest of the PC... so I'm ready to upgrade.
The old system for reference was a Core2Duo system (low end) with 4 Gigs DDR2 and a 9800GT. It will be used for "secondary gaming" and productivity.
Here is the low down:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next week
BUDGET RANGE: 1000.00 - 1300.00 CAN
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Pure Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard and Mouse (will replace these later), GFX Card (EVGA 460 1GB already on hand)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca seems good (never ordered there before) or Canada Direct
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel-based system and probably an LGA1366 based system
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (have done it, but tbh I want to ensure stability before I play around with it)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (in the future plan on going 2x GTX 460s)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1650x1080 AND 1920x1080 (when the wife isn't watching TV!)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet would be nice, but I can deal with some noise. The purpose of the LGA1366 build is to ensure it will last a bit longer.
I've never used a 3rd party cooling solution but wouldn't mind recommendations or feedback for this as well. I don't intend to OC right off but may like to once the system is stable (minimal OC'ing experience).
Mobo: EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Price: 259.99-30.00 MIR
Comment: This is interesting... been a while since I built a PC but EVGA is making MOBOs now?
Got good reviews in any case...
I have a similar system myself with the only additons being two F1 HDD's and an SSD. I would definately recomend ditching the stock Intel HSF and going for something like the Titan Fenrir - it offers better colling and is much quieter.
From recent experience of 200/400 series Nvidia cards some have bog standard coolers - so if you can pick one up with a better cooler then this will also help keep the noise down. Nvidia cards by design love to rev their fans up on boot but soon settle down
Maybe you should check SPCR's recommended cases list as well as the HAF series isn't known for being quiet.
I know everyone raves about Corsair, but you can probably get higher quality, more efficient, modular PSUs for a similar price. Check out the Antec Truepower New TP750. Altho I don't think you'll need a 750W PSU unless you're planning on OCing both your GPUs.