I was thinking about throwing together a nice powerful gaming rig. Here is what I came up with and I would like to hear your thoughts. I have already have a nice corsair 750w Power Supply as well as OS Vista 64bit, 1TB of hard drive space. I just want to know if you agree with this build or should I deviate from it? My budget is sitting around $1400-1500.
You will have to reactivate Vista with both a CPU & MB upgrade. There is a work around, but it is a bit tricky.
Consider an SSD drive. They are expensive but I think they are worth it. My system boots in seconds!
Why Vista? Everyone is going with Win7, besides Win 7 has everything that Vista has.
Make sure to get the system builder OS DVD; It's about half the price.
If it's for gaming, then you might benefit more from 2x 260's in SLI. I've read that you get more performance for about the same price.
I was thinking about going that route, but I don't do allot of PC gaming theses days....
If you do go SLI bump your PSU up to at least an 850 Watt.
I do have future plans for the build. This is just to tie me over intil I can SLI two 480's and ill be upgrading to 1000wats PS. As for sticking with vista its my personal choice and gotten use to it really. Im also looking to run everything on stock and no OC anything so I can run on Air not on Liquid Cooling.
That Coolermaster HAF 922 is a wonderful case. I must of overlooked it when I was browsing around on newegg. As I am a big fan of Corsair and always had good experiences with their products I think I might be leaning towards that ram.
Great choices. Both the 922 & the XMS3 6GB RAM. If you're not planning on SLI'ing the 480 in the future, a 650 watt PSU from Corsair/Antec/Seasonic/XFX should be good enough. Choose a modular/non-mod one depending on your budget.
Matter of fact I think ill pickup a better power source now and just use my 750TX as a backup. Been looking at a few modular power supplys. Nothing has really stood apart from the rest of the crowd yet. Anybody got any suggestions on a power supply? Im looking around the 1000watt range.
Oh! Yeah you already have a 750TX. Why would you need a 1000Watt PSU for? Are you planning on SLI'ng that 480. If you're not, then that 750 is gonna be more than good enough. Any good 650 watt one is plenty alright for a single 480.
If however you're looking at 1000 Watt ones, here are some choices -
Yup. You need 'bout 70-80 odd amps for a 480 SLI system which a 80+ rated 950 Watt PSU should definitely have on it's +12V rail(s). Also, the TDP for the 480 is around 300 @ peak. So with the 130 W of the 950, you've still got 950 - (300X2 + 130) = 220 watts to play with for everything else which should be enough.