I'm looking to build a new PC to game on, as the last one I build is now about 6 years old and can barely handle Vista.
I live near a Microcenter, and the following bundle just came up:
Motherboard: Asus P6X58D
I'm looking to build this pretty slowly, as I won't have enough money to buy everything at once, but I felt like I should pounce on this deal. So please help me find RAM, PSU, etc. I do NOT need speakers, keyboard, mouse, or monitor, and I could probably reuse my case and wait to change HDD's as well. But RAM, PSU, GPU, cooling are all unrecyclable.
Approximate Purchase Date: Over time, within the next month. I plan on getting the CPU/Mobo bundle this week, though.
Budget Range: $1000-1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming to TV, internet, other light usage.
Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers. I COULD reuse case and monitor, but I'd rather not.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Microcenter
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Pretty much set on the following deal from Microcenter: i7-950 and ASUS P6X58D Premium
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but not immediately. Probably will get one top-end GPU now, and buy the 2nd later.
Monitor Resolution: Not sure, but the one I have now runs at 1680x1050, but I'd like to upgrade.
Additional Comments: The price for the bundle is $455. Probably looking to only get one GPU right now. I'd like an SSD, and I could reuse one of my current harddrives for larger storage if I can't afford a better one immediately.
That's a great deal on the i7-950; I got my i7-930 3 months ago for $200 from Microcenter.
RAM: You'll want 3x2GB @ 1333MHz or 1600MHz with a Cas Latency of 7 or 8 (lower is better). I have the Patriot Viper II Sector 7 1600MHz CL8 RAM, and it's gotten about $30 cheaper since this summer (plus a MIR, which would only make it $115): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: The OCZ Vertex and the Crucial C300 are the two fastest boot drives, but are a little expensive per GB. I have the WD SiliconEdge, which is a "slow" SSD, and I still boot in 30s.
PSU: You'll need a 650W Continuous power (750W max power) for SLIed 460s, and a 750W continuous (850W max) for 2 SLIed GTX 470s (more for 3 SLIed 470s). I'd go with a Corsair, Antec, or Seasonic. XFX's Black Edition is OEMed by Seasonic, which is the best PSU maker out there.
Case: The high end GPUs are going to get hot, so you'll need a case with good airflow. I have the Raven RV02 full tower, and it only has 4 fans, which are really efficient and extremely quiet (it's almost soothing). Plus, you'll be able to wire the cables behind the motherboard to improve airflow. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you can find any combo deals, you may be able to save a bit here and there, but don't expect to be saving $100s at a time.