Approximate date of purchase: October 5 Budget range: $1300-1400 System usage from most to least important: HD media server/player (XBMC), light engineering work (student), gaming, schoolwork, video editing Parts not required: OS (Win 7 64), monitor, speakers, keyboard (mouse recommendations welcome) Preferred website: Newegg Country: United States Parts preferences: I definitely want an Intel CPU and nVidia GPU. I would prefer to stick with an ASUS motherboard unless there's a significantly better option. Overclocking: CPU, probably RAM, possibly GPU SLI or Crossfire: I may SLI later on, but not now. Monitor resolution: 1920x1080, though I may be upgrading to 1920x1200. Additional comments: I have excellent hearing, and would prefer the quietest PC possible with good graphics performance. I also want both USB 3.0 and SATA III.
I have no idea why you're going so all out with the hard drives. Put your boot+programs on the SSD, and you bulk media/games on a hard drive. Raid 0 will offer you less than a 10% performance boost, and for the same total price you can have 3 Samsung F3 1tbs that will outperform the Caviars, though really I would get 1 and put the savings on a nicer PSU/CPU cooler.
Thanks for the RAM suggestion; those do look much better.
I may end up dropping the Caviar Blue in the end--it was more of a whim--but I need the huge amount of space for my media collection. The RAID 0 was really just because I could, to be honest.
I actually am a bit iffy on the PSU--I'm also looking at an Antec and a Seasonic--but is the Hyper TX3 questionable as well? Tom's has used it in several builds, including the $1000 SBM, and it has great reviews on Newegg. I assumed it was one of the better ones in its price range.
get a CM hyper 212+ instead its a bit better in every review I've seen
@ 1300 dollars you should have a I7 and better video card your choice but better than the 460
Im not part picking it is really to tiresome I say review your gear and reconsider.....
if you have done your research and that is what you want then it actually does look like a good build
I thought about an i7, and trust me I do want a better GPU, but either one would add at least $100 to the price of the build. I'd have to drop my SSD then, and that is the most important part of the build to me. Besides, the Superclocked GTX 460 gets excellent or acceptable frame rates in the games I want to play, and I've heard that the i5 can overclock to 4GHz. Thanks for the tip on the Hyper 212+, though; I've added it to the build.
EDIT: So, I must have been looking at the GTX 460/470 prices the wrong way, because it's only a $40 bump. Plus, free Mafia II instead of this BS Starcraft 2 trial coupon! Updated the build.