First I want to say thank you to everyone who contributes to this board with all of your invaluable knowledge. This forum has really helped me as a resource.
So, I am a web designer/developer/animator and I need a new computer that I can use for work, occasional gaming and one that will be upgradable for the next few years. I will be using the Adobe Suite a lot as well as some video editing and 3D design. I have been researching parts for the past week.
Also, I saw a sale on the i7-950 at MicroCenter for $199 so I went ahead and got it, thinking that would be a good place to start.
Here is what I've come up with based on my needs and budget:
Mobo: ASUS P6X58D-E CPU: Pentium i7-950 Ram: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 GPU: GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N460SO-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB HD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III SSD Case: HAF 932 PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V
So here are my questions.
Does anyone see or know of any hardware conflicts here? Does anything just look like a bad idea?
I will probably get most of it from NewEgg for convenience sake and shipping savings. It looks like I will end up spending about $1,100 total. Is this a good build? Could I do better for my money?
I will want to overclock a little and definitely upgrade to using multiple GPUs in the future. Also I'm not sure if the stock CPU cooler/heatsink will be sufficient, should I invest in something more robust?
I would love to hear any comments, questions, concerns and thoughts.
Thank you so much for your time and expertise!
For the GPU, stick with AMD, get the 6870. Here's a list of the reliable brands that manufacture it from Newegg It's a great card to Crossfire Plus allows up to 6-way Eyefinity display XD (up to 6 monitors running on the same PC XD)
well the max is higher with ATI, but the min could just be it dropped for 1 half second then went back up.
I guess I'd just pick whichever were cheaper at the time, which turns out to be the gtx 460 at the moment.