Hey, its my first time building a new system and i wanted to check with the pros.
I basically want to know if this case will give good enough cooling and if this HSF will, as well as if the RAM MOBO and PSU look good.
Planning to overclock i7 930 to 3.6 - 4.0 Ghz so need to know if this cooler can do it.
The Cooler Master hyper 212 plus cooler will take you to around 3.8 Ghz, but after that, the heat is too much for it. Here is a model for only a couple $ more that should do better: ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa
Consider slightly more expensive memory: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB DDR3 1600 for $155. This stuff has lower voltage at 1.5v and lower latency. Both will help you overclock that i7-930, especially because it is not unlocked.
Just an observation on the overclocking: I have an i7-920 that has been tweaked to 4.2 Ghz, but for everyday use, I have it running at 3.3 Ghz. Above that involves extra heat, and more wear and tear. Plus, the the performance advantage is not that great.
Thanks for the review of my selection, it looks really good although its $100 over what I'm really looking for, but that's fine as I think I'd rather wait and save some more for these parts that you have selected.
evongugg, are you thinking a single GTX 480 maybe? Just adding in the second graphics card pushed power consumption to 686W. You need to add in the fact that ulycarr wants to overclock. I also factored 20 percent for aging capacitors.