Hi tsuris, firstly, since you've got a custom PC & not a branded one, chances are, you'll be able to upgrade that to fit your needs exactly. So please state your current specs.
Secondly, please state your usage. In any case, it makes more sense at this budget to go with a 1366 system (i7 9xx+x58)
Also, at this end of the market, it makes no sense to invest without waiting a few more weeks for the new Intel Sandy Bridge range. So, if you're not in a tearing hurry, do wait a little while longer and check out the Sandy Bridge reviews & benchmarks before putting down 2.5 grands
not in a hurry thanks for the info, it will be around 3-5 months before the build happens (if it happens) and I know a lot can change, I just wanted to get started. As for my current build, the motherboard is dying (so the guys who built it told me) in addition to the fact it would be mostly useless, I also considered carrying over my current drives to save the extra cash.
msi k8n neo4platinum sli ready mb
amd athlon 64x2 3800+ (2.0g) 939
antec "generic" case
antec true power trio 550 watt PSU
the video card just got a $100 upgrade, the old one (which I had put physical pressure on with too many hdd) died on me about a month ago....the old one was evga nvidia 7800gt 256, the new one I didn't look into too much but it is an ati 1gb, would have to check on the rest, on my way to work atm
2gb super talent ddr1 (ouch) ram
+1 to calhunkguy: Buying an i7-870 doesn't make any sense. If you decide not to wait for Sandy Bridge, go with either an X58 + i7-950 or a P55 +i5-750/760. The X58 will cost about the same as your current mobo/CPU.
Your usage will determine your RAM usage; 4GB is plenty for even high-end gaming. If you use computational programs a lot, you will want more (Matlab eats up 6GB lol).
For the same price as that GTX 480, you can get the 580 when the market settles down from the new release (even then, with the 10% discounts it's still about the same). It's just not worth it to get the 480 anymore.
I've heard that the Dark Force cases just weren't that good. I know it's hard for a case to be "bad," but a lot of people were saying it's less functional than the CM 932 HAF and the like. My Raven 02 is amazing
If you want a real boot drive, go SSD. They're much faster than the VRaptors. Use the money saved to buy better storage hard drives; the greens are kinda slow.
For the same price, you can get the Antec TPQ-1000W. I'm not even sure the CP-1000 will work in the DF-85.
W7 Ultimate doesn't have many necessary features that Pro doesn't. Go with the Pro and save a few bucks there. Also, you could probably get away with using the Upgrade discs; that's how I installed on my new build, and it worked fine hahaha.
For $2300, you can easily do a rockin i7 system. The following is $2243 before shopping for any combo discounts:
Case - $140 - Antec DF-85 - Incredible case ...... did two full tower builds this month (one HAF-932 and one DF-85). DF-85 wins hands down, HAF-932 is great case....DF-85 just takes it several steps further and the older 932, like the 1200 just can't keep up. The HAF-X is also a very good case w/ many of the same features as DF-85 (both have SATA back planes for example) but the DF's washable air filters, hot swap 2.5" SATA bay and ability to take CP series PSU's just give it advantages the HAF just can't match. Of course, aesthetics is an important feature and with many case designs, ya either like the looks or ya don't. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $120 - Antec CP850 has 10.0 performance rating on jonnyguru and silentpcreview.com's Editor's Choice in 850 watt category. And yes I can confirm that it fits in the DF series case. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
No need for 1,000 watter even w/ two over clocked 470's. The CP-1000 has 6 more maps than the CP-850 but the 850 had cleaner power....at least with jonnyguru's samples.
When you do buy your OS, see if a system builder (OEM) edition will do instead of retail. Will cost a whole lot less. No difference in functionality. Only, you don't get any phone-in tech support (you can always use the forums for that) and no multiple installations - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit - OEM - No reduction in functionality whatsoever, just a whole lot cheaper.
You don’t get the retail packaging when you buy OEM. Instead, you pretty much get an installation disc shrink-wrapped to a piece of cardboard and a product key.
Quote: "Technically speaking, OEM versions of Windows 7 are available only to those who intend to build PCs to sell to others. Furthermore, online retailers who sell OEM versions of Windows 7 are supposed to verify that you’re a PC builder and/or sell the products with some kind of hardware. For this reason, you’ll sometimes be asked to purchase a hardware tchotsky like a USB cable when you purchase OEM software."
Motherboard-$120-$200 (new lga 1155...will see what is there when) ~$150 ------239
CPU-i7-2600k $317 ---------329
Case-Antec DF-85 $159 CPU fan Thermaltake Frio maybe, maybe not, 'they' say it isn't necessary...
Ram-Patriot Viper II Sector 5 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 $74.99 - two sets bought separately (one for initial build one for upgrade when I have more money)
HD OS-Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5" 128GB SATA III - x2 (one bought at start one later for raid0....I know this means a windows reinstall..) 264x2= $528
HD Storage-WD Green Caviar 1TB - x2 (backup, speed doesn't matter, bought later for price...and I get 10% off at walmart) 79x2= $158
PSU-Antec CP-1000 1000W (matches the case and i like antec) $149
case fan-Antec 120mm Red LED Case Fan - side fan, the case already has the rest $14
video card-EVGA GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) - considering upgrade to 580 or downgrading to a 470 (for price, either way will be bought later, my current brand new gpu (radeon HD 4670)will be used until I get the money for a better one) $429, $509, or $264
os-MS Windows 7 Ultimate Full $259
also considering Windows 7 Pro oem....don't like the one computer restriction (if I ever upgrade outright I have to buy again, though price IS much better) $139.99
In short that is:
MB - 150 +89
CPU - 317 +12
Video - Free (to start with old card, gonna buy ASAP to get out of a dying rig)
Ram - 74 (to start)
Case - 159
HDOS - 264
HDBack - 0 (bought later)
PSU - 149
OS - for the sake of argument let say 139
Fan - 14
as a starting point then
HDOS Raid0 - 264
HDBack - 158
Video - 509 (when/if I get the money after draining my finances for the above)
Ram - 74
$1216(ish) to start then final upgrades when I get money another $1005 (1372.90 after putting in cart with shipping)
question: what does anyone think about the above, and for the idiots corner, what do you do with those 'backplanes" that come in the case?, is it that you put a sata cable on the one side from motherboard, then plug a sata drive directly in and it acts as a hot swap so no turning the pc off to use them? (cool if that is what that does)
Estimated final cost (those discounts change so fast...) from newegg... $2,634.51 (to be bought in roughly 7 days-which is when the money is ready to roll and so am I )
added office business 2010 (need outlook)
Biggest concern I have is the size of the heatsink/2 fans...the image below shows the "ram slots" resized (approximates based on the assumption ram is 13cm and the manufacturer specs) to show approximate space...not sure about the on-board heatsink.
If anyone does come by to read this later, it is 100% compatible with my motherboard and ram choices (though I wish I had gotten 1600 instead of 1033) it doesn't have a lot of room, but nothing touches and my hand fits through most spaces (basically just not under where the ram is, and only enough to move the fan cable where the onboard heatsinks are.