Hello everyone. I'm finally going to take the leap and try to build my own computer. I've put together a system (after careful perusal of the budget gaming builds, reviews, and some other sites), and I'd love to hear your thoughts.
The machine is (as most are) a multipurpose system, but since I like to game and that will probably be its most resource-intensive task, I've designed the system with an eye to gaming, but not high-end gaming.
I tend to stay with a computer for a long time, upgrading components when possible (current PC is an 8-year old Sony VAIO with an upgraded video card, RAM, etc...) so I'm trying to think in those terms. I know, everything is obsolete in 3 months, but I'm hoping that this will serve for a while.
For that reason, I decided to upgrade to the I-7 and accompanying mobo (figuring it will get obsolete slower), which pushed me over my $1,000 target, but I can live with under $1,200.
I am a total newb at builds, though, so I would greatly appreciate any input on corners I could cut, where I've perhaps overbuilt or under-researched compatibility, etcetera...
Here's the template
Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: ($800-$1200 after rebates)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: online research, writing, streaming video, gaming, surfing
Parts Not Required: Monitor (will be using a new 24-inch ASUS monitor)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, though I'm not wedded to it.
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: Intel-based, none beyond that
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (ASUS 24-inch)
Additional Comments: Unconcerned about Bling, would like a reliable and stable PC.
Like uncfan said you got the wrong ram for your motherboard. The gtx 460 is cheaper and better then 5750 crossfire. Also if your just doing online research i7 is over kill. If your not going to overclock then don't get an aftermarket cpu cooler. Also the cm 212 offers more bang for your buck.
I'll definitely use those combos if I can, appreciate your tracking them down.
As UNC said below, I read some reviews that indicated that two 5750s were comparable to a 5850 at a cost savings. But your price is actually the same as the two 5750s, with the $20 off. If I order today.
Thanks for taking the time to look the build over.
1) with a X58 motherboard, I would get a triple channel ram kit, probably 6gb(3 x 2gb) If you really want 8gb, then a 12gb kit( 3 x 4gb). If you want, you can keep 2 x 4gb and get 8gb, but realize that you will operate in dual(not triple) channel mode. Not a biggie for performance. Get the cheapest kit that is supported by the motherboard. The i7 is insensitive to ram speeds. Do not pay much more for faster speeds or better timings.
2) I would go with a stronger single card vs dual cards. Multi cards may not scale well in all games, and generally, nvidia scales better than amd anyway. A single card preserves your option for dual cards later. Graphics is more important than cpu when gaming. A GTX470 or 5870 would be appropriate for a i7-950 and a 1080P monitor. Some scientific apps can make use of the Nvidia cuda capabilities.
3) Get a card with a dual slot cooler. Fancy coolers do a great job of getting heat of
f of the cpu die, but they just dump the heated air back into the case where case cooling has to deal with it. The hotter case air hurts both gpu AND cpu cooling.
The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.