Hey, this is my first build, so I'm just wondering if it looks alright. Budget is about $1500, but would like to keep it below $1400 if possible. But not as concerned with money. The build is mainly for gaming and internet use, but might see some video editing.
CPU: Intel i7 930 - $280
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX - $100
Video Card: GeForce GTX 460 - $220 (Plan to go SLI within six months)
Motherboard: Asus P6X58D Premium - $300
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio - $60
Power Supply: Ultra X4 750-Watt - $120
Memory: Corsair Core i7 Dominator 6GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM - $170
HDD: Seagate 7200.11 Barracuda Hard Drive 1.5TB, 7200RPM, 32MB Cache - $80
ODD: (Already Bought)
Sound Card: Open to Suggestions
With HD6k and the Nvidia riposte i would just hit the one HD 5870 1st and not do CF or SLI: at the rate tech moves and a game even more demanding than Metro 2033 in future i wouldn't enjoy being stuck with not one but 2 obsolete GPUs hehe
Agree with Batchuka here.. No point going low on the video card if your multi GPU plans are as good as 6months away from now.. Your build however looks fairly good.. You can opt for the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R for the motherboard as suggested by TwoBoxer and spend the saved cash in going for a HD 5850 or GTX 470.. May be even opt for the i7 950 over the i7 930 (no compelling reasons however)..
$300 seems like a bit more than you need to spend for a X58 motherboard. Was there some feature of the ASUS board that appealed to you?
ASUS, Gigabyte, and EVGA all make good X58 motherboards.
The UD3R suggested by twoboxer would do fine.
The size of the case does not matter much, just so long as it can hold all your parts. For gaming, you want good ventilation, at least two 120mm intake or outflow fans. Your selected case will be fine.
I also like the GTX460. Get the 1gb version which is better. They scale very well with sli which is a good reason to pick them over a similarly priced ati offering.
At upgrade time, you will have the choice of adding a second unit or replacing the GTX460 with whatever might be announced six months from now.
Before you order, download and read cover to cover the motherboard and case manuals. They will answer many questions, and perhaps raise a few.
No one seems to have mentioned it yet, but you can get an i7-950 for $299 right now. $15 for a .2 GHz bump isn't too bad.
I would avoid the Seagate 7200.11 series, there were multiple problems (that have hopefully been resolved) with that generation. The 1 TB 7200.12 is $75 and has similar performance to the Samsung Spinpoint F3 (which is likely out of stock because it was offered at $60 over Labor Day weekend).
A quality 650W unit will easily power any single vid card, as well as 2x460. If you go with 470 and want to protect against 2x470, a 750W is in order.
There's no disadvantage to buying a larger PSU, except cost. So if you find a *quality* psu of higher wattage at a comparable price, that's fine. But there is NO reason to spend $130-$140 on a psu when $80 will do exactly the same job.
Note that small differences in efficiency do not save meaningful electric costs. For example, if you were GAMING for 8 hours a day, drawing 600W from the wall for *ALL* that time, and could save 3% (silver vs bronze), you'd save $6.31 per year. Realistically, your average draw will be half that, and you won't game 8hrs/day every day.
The 5870 is a great vid card, I'm using one now, purchased before the 460 was announced. At Newegg 460 is about $220, the 5870 about $365, and 2x460 = ~$440. Look at their relative performance here . . .
. . . and decide for yourself. At 1920x1200 (not 1080), the 5870 provides higher frame rates as expected, but mainly when those frame rates aren't required for play. For me, that's $145 "wasted". Then change the comparison to show 2x460 vs 5870 . . .