I am working out my new build and would like some advice from those of you that love this stuff.
My main concerns with the build
Did I pick the right RAM - it's the cheaper Corsair, is the Dominator line of RAM worth the money?
Will the 2 GPUs play nice with the MOBO and PSU?
Do I need more than the stock cooling? (I don’t really care too much about overclocking since I won’t do it right away but I will probably OC the proc at some point..)
Is NOW the right time to move on this or are there new GPU / CPU products right around the corner that are worth waiting on? (I don't keep up with HW too much!)
Any other advice the board may have is always welcome!
What I will use this rig for in order of importance:
Gaming (Starcraft 2, WoW and a few others)
Some development work but very little compiling
This by all accounts, is going to be a gaming rig
Overview of the build:
MOBO: MSI Big Bang
RAM: 8GB Corsair DDR3
GPUS: 2 x EVGA GTX 480 (Fermi)
Storage: OCZ Agility 2 for file system & Samsung Spinpoint for other stuff
PSU: 1200W Antec TPQ
Case: Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Black ATX Mid Tower
Here are the build details:
This is my first upgrade in 4 years so I am not too worried about cost but I also don’t want to go too overboard otherwise I would just pay Falcon. Any suggestions you can make to improve the quality or other aspects of the build are greatly appreciated.
Hi, well if you don't mind about spending so much money then the build looks good but:
why this mobo if you onli going for 2-way sli
also the ati 69xx series are going to come out soon.
But the i7 is a big overkill, it's mostly for people working with programs needing 6 or more cores.... (if it's a gamin rig go for i5-760)
so with the i5-760 this mobo will do just as good as the one you picked out and also there is one more slot for GPU if you would want to upgrade in a future:
MSI Big Bang Trinergy LGA 1156 Intel P55 / NVIDIA NF200 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $329.99
(SLI & CF)
Ram: you dont need more than 4 gb for gaming, rather than spending money on more GBs look for better Cas Latency (the one you picked has Cas Latency 8) the one i picked has cas latency 6 (the lower the better):
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600C6LV4GK http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $101.99
PSU if you choose to wait for 69xx series that are ment to beat the gtx 480 then you not going to need 1200W, somethink along 850W should be enough.
Yh true. Or if you want to wait for the SB to be released (SB: i5 2400) it will be released in Q1 of the 2011 for $200 and also the 69xx are ment to be released next month (november) but they might be a bit overpriced.
You will definitly be happy with your build when you modify it and will also be happy by the prize of it. You will onisly not be happy if you know you get the same performace with stuff for $2600 as with stuff for $2000. You can spend the extra $600 on better monitor, speaker, mouse, keyboard or some upgrades in future.
Note: some games will do better with the i7 than the i5. Take for instance Starcraft 2, I can run it on Ultra across the board with an i7-920 + superclocked GTX260. My roommate's newer system running an i5-760 with 2 x GTX460s actually has to turn down the reflections setting (because for some reason that's a CPU based graphical effect) otherwise he drops to < 40fps when having water onscreen (on the edges of a lot of maps). So the i5 doesn't handle some things as well as the i7, but for the majority of things it's much cheaper and does well.
Yh but only 2 games out of 10 are CPU based graphical effect, so it dipens on the buyer if he wants to spend extra money on a processor. But most of the games are GPU based so it dipens what games are you willing to play and also yes i would recommend you going for the amd 955 or 965 build, if you want a complete amd 965 build just tell me and i will post you one as i have posted one yesterday for a boy asking for a build up to $1000 and a got a best answer medal for it.