Budget Range: 800-1000; I am willing to go slightly overbudget if the value is there.
System Usage: Gaming (Starcraft 2, WoW), Some programming, Some VM, Internet browsing, streaming movies, watching DVDs
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor. I will probably get these, but I am not including them in the build; only the tower.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon primarily; I have a Fry's nearby as well.
Country of Origin: (USA)
Parts Preferences: I believe I would like to do a Phenom II 955 build because of the value that is there, but I am also open to the i5-750 with the right build. As far as graphics cards go, I'm open to suggestions.
Overclocking: At some point. Nothing extreme.
SLI or Crossfire: I would like the build to have one graphics card at first, with the idea that I would buy another of the same card further down the road and set up dual GPU.
Monitor Resolution: Currently 1680 x 1050, but please use 1920 x 1080 when reccomending video cards, as that is what resolution monitor I will be purchasing in the near future.
Additional Comments: I have no problem sinking a good chunk of my budget into the case/power supply, as these parts are integral in creating a high performance machine. I definitely want a modular power supply. I've pretty much already decided on either an XFX or a Corsair power supply (both very highly rated), and as far as cases go I really like the HAF 932, HAF 942, and Corsair 600t. I am definitely open to suggestions however. With any case, cable management features are a MUST; I want a very clean look to my build.
Some Background Info
Attending school to work in IT/Network Administration/Wherever I can land a job. Currently running a Frankenstein PC from some years back; Athlon 64 4000+, 3 GB RAM, DFI Lanparty motherboard; my tech savvy classmates and friends all have better machines than me and it's time to fight back lol. I'm ready to step into a new machine.
I neglected to mention that I don't need OS either; I will edit my initial post to reflect that. Mosox, thanks for the build! I have some issues with it, but it's definitely a step in the right direction. My issues are as follows:
1. The Corsair power supply is not modular, and 650W seems a bit low for a possible future Crossfire/SLI build.
2. I've never used Asrock boards; I know they are tied up in Asus somehow (and I love Asus boards so far), but I'm not sure of the quality of the board. Not saying it isn't great, just saying I've never used one.
3. I was thinking of going for A-data DDR3 1600 Mhz or the blue, lower CAS latency G.Skill Ripjaws for my build; my case will be black, so I'm kind of going for a black and blue theme.
4. Without needing Windows 7, I've basically found you an extra $100 in the budget, which I would like to utilize if possible.
5. I like the HAF 922, but I'm just not sure it is large enough... I will have to read more about this.
Again, thank you very much for the build. I will have to look into the Asrock boards.
Anyone else have any suggestions for me? I would GREATLY appreciate it!!
Instead of pumping 240 bux on an 6870,
why not get 2x GTX 460 - 768MB.
They are $130 each - $260 all up, and if you have a looksy here, you'll see they often beat the HD 5970 and all up are perhaps 5% slower than it.
Best thing is, you only need a 700W PSU for them AND that leaves 50+ watts for overclocking. Yea, this shows the SLI 1GB GTX 460, but the 768MB is literally not even 5% worse than it in another benchmark I saw (Forgot the site for the comparison and there was around 15 benches in that one so it is reliable).
Awesome SLI capabilities has that GTX 460 ^^
I'm actually trying to fit it into my build of $1200USD - But shipping to New Zealand + needing everything but an OS means that I have to buy some parts e.g. Case, at around 50% higher prices than at newegg as theres no point shipping a case almost 10000 miles.
Even the PSU makes little savings .
So that's why I'm struggling to fit it in in a budget slightly larger than yours, but I'll try my best!
1. Corsair 750HX modular PSU
2. ASUS motherboard
3. Blue G.SKILL ripjaws memory
4. Windows 7 used to provide those previous improvements
5. The HAF922 is definitely large enough, actually it's about the same size as the 932 and the HAF X isn't reasonable in a $1000 budget. It is big enough for a 5970 and a NH-D14.
duk3- Thanks for the cool build! I like what you suggested, though I haven't researched the 6870 yet since it's still so new. Thanks for listening to what I was looking for in a build; I greatly appreciate the pointers.
Jack- Wow! Didn't think I could fit that nice of an i5 build in my budget, but that looks really solid. I like that you included the future probability of a SSD (I was already thinking that too ). If I go with your build I would probably go with the superclocked 470 like you said; it's not much more, and it will show definite improvement over the 460 I'm sure. The Asus sabertooth looks SWEET, though I didn't see where it said it had USB 3.0... Not a huge deal lol. Thanks again for the suggestions!
siva150- Love the board and the memory you picked. I would probably go ahead and bump the PSU to a 750 or 850 and go overbudget a bit since I plan to do multiple GPUs at some point. Also, I've heard that the Crosshair board had some kind of Northbridge heat issue where you have to file down the standoffs or something... Not sure how I feel about having to file a brand new board. Awesome, awesome build!
Keep 'em coming guys, these are really, really good! So far, I'm leaning towards Jack's build; I've heard great things about the i5, and I'm digging the sabertooth board.
duk3- Thanks again for two more builds. I don't really want to do the first one because I want room to expand into the second graphics card; I'd rather buy one more powerful card now, then buy its mate at a later time. On the second build, I don't think that the i7 is necessary for my needs. I know my limits on a $1000 build, and I'm OK with that. If you saw the rig I have now (Athlon 64 4000+) you would understand lol; anything at this point is an improvement.
Those builds are a bit more extreme as Jack already covered the middle, I personally wouldn't want the 1st build for SC2 and WoW as these are CPU focused games, however the second build is good with the i7 which does help in SC2, I haven't looked at any WoW benchmarks though.