Hi, I'm planning to build a system for the first time, and I wanted to run this setup by everyone. I've been looking over this forum for several weeks now, and this is what I've pieced together as being a good setup. Please let me know if you see any compatibility issues, have any suggestions, etc. Thanks!
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks
Budget Range: want to keep it under $1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily gaming, but would like it to be able to handle most anything
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel
Overclocking: Probably not
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Looking for a quality gaming rig, and I'm willing to spend a little extra to see that it can handle things for a few years to come. One note - I only have one GTX 460 listed, and a strong PSU as well. I plan to one day add a second GTX 460, just not right now.
I think you could have that second GTX 460 cross fire if you go with a an i5-750, LGA 1156. The i7 950 is really powerful, but since you're not going to overclock or do video editing, it does not add materially to your gaming experience. A second video card, however, would make a huge difference.
Consider these choices:
Same case with Windows Home Premium: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Nice case at a good price btw. Home Premium probably has all the same features you will need. If you do not really need to remote control your PC save yourself $40 here. Even if you don't get the i5 750, you should make this change.
Well, I'm not overly concerned with the case's looks. I just want one with good airflow and enough room for components, particularly a 2nd GTX 460.
Thanks for the heads-up on the combo, wielander.
I think I'll stick with the i7. Yes, this is mostly for gaming, but I also want to build something with enough power to multitask and deal with whatever I throw at it. I don't have a problem paying out a bit more for that. I chose to get Windows 7 Pro over Home mainly for XP Mode.
Go for it, quad! You have a decent mid-range board, Nice timing on the fast memory. Get a heat sink and overclock that machine. It is made for it: Here is a Zalman, highly rated, powerful enough to handle all the heat of an OC'd 950 for only $50. I bet you can get over 4Ghz out of it, easy.