SLI or Crossfire: Preferably not(read additional comments)
Monitor Resolution: 1440x900
Additional Comments: I'd like this to be use up as little power as possible while maintaining good performance. Also, as far as gaming goes, I plan on playing games like Fallout, Call of Duty, Grand theft Auto IV, Emergency 2012, and Starcraft II maybe.
Bought an IBuyPower PC last year and needless to say, I was less than impressed and have since vowed to never buy a pre-built PC again. So now I'm looking for some advice on parts for a PC. I've done my fair share of reading TomsHardware so I think my build is pretty solid but I'm always open to advice.
Now, onto the parts I've picked out.
However I'd prefer to stay away from any combo deals until the day of the purchase for the sole fact that that deal is likely to go away in the span of a month or two however I will look into the PSU's.
Thank for the RAM info. Will definitely incorporate that into my build.
Also, thanks for the article about the Nvidia prices although I plan on buying most, if not all of these parts on Cyber Monday and/or around Christmas to get some nice deals.
Strange. Every combo I've ever looked at at least twice over the course of a couple days was gone within that span of time. In any event, I will definitely make sure to check out the combos when I make my purchases.
I was actually considering that mobo not very long ago but I decided to go with the MSI 770 because I may eventually try unlocking for 4th core of the Athlon II X3 445. Also, this is just a minor detail but the ASRock 770 isn't exactly pretty while the MSI board has a nice blue and black color scheme.
What would be the reasoning for getting RAM without heat spreaders? I understand it's cheaper but heat spreaders seem like a very nice addition and something I'd willingly pay a few extra $$ for.
Yeah, the 700W wasn't the main reason for choosing that PSU. I chose it because its 80+ Bronze and has good reviews. The PSU you mentioned is 80+ Bronze but only has 1 review which claims their product was DOA. Also, the PSU you mentioned only has one 6 pin and one 8 pin connector. The GTX 460 requires two 6 pins. With that said, I have actually gone back and looked at PSUs again and found a Seasonic 80+ Bronze 520W. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - These are some very good PSUs - Along with the one that you have linked, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|17-341-022^17-341-022-S01,17-171-036^17-171-036-S01,17-151-094^17-151-094-TS
As for that Xigmatek PSU, the 8 Pin is actually be 6+2 Pin so you would be able to use it with the card...
Once again, I'd prefer to stay away from combo deals for the time being. Also, I have a 500GB hard drive right now and every now and then I find myself running out of space so that's why I chose the 1TB and don't want to go any lower because 1TB is only $10 more than a 640GB and the same price as a 750GB.