Did quite some search to find a similar build but could not find one so I hope you don´t mind me asking for some help on this one
Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: Around 1500$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: I need the "box" with everything in it. No keyboard, mouse or other stuff
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Prefer a Swedish site, like komplett.se but I think that might be a bit to much to ask for so I guess I say: does not matter
Country of Origin: Sweden
Parts Preferences: According to Tomshardware: Best *Stuff* For The Money it looks like i should have something like:
Nvidia GTX 460 x2 in SLI setup.
I also read some good stuff about Asus P7P55D-E PRO and OCZ DDR3 PLATINUM XTC 4gb
Overclocking: I´m planing on reading up on overclocking and push it up. But if my setup is somehow very complicated to Overclocking then i might not be able to do it
SLI or Crossfire: Don´t mind, but I don´t have the knowledge like: how much more cooling do I need, is it harder to put together, how much cooling I need?
Please tell me its no difference from building a comp with only one card =)
Monitor Resolution: Will end up with 2 monitors ala 24" so I want a big resolution
Additional Comments: Its not the first computer I put together but It was a while since last time. want to be sure the build actually works and if I should skip the SLI setup in favor for another card.
I would be happy if it was possible to get a HDMI port so my girlfriend easier can plug into the TV for both sound and picture
Anything to consider when it comes to all the choices of manufactures for Graphic cards: Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Gainward, Zotac etc. ?
You're right oin the parts slection you got from reading THG but I think twin 460's gonna come up a little short with two monitors of that size. As an alternative to the above, I have cut down a $2,000 build to your budget level figuring with a few upgrades over time .... X-Mas is coming ...... If you consider anything a luxury by all means cut it out .... bu on the other hand, if ya wanna add Blue Ray someday, that makes whatever ya buy now redundant.
The 460 and 6870 compete well with other as single cards, the 470 which is in the 6870's price range however is, on average, 16% faster than the 6870. Overall, twin 460's even beat twin 6870's by 9.4% Methinks the 6870 has to drop just a few bucks to find it's niche spot in an "overall sense". However, depending on what games you play, it's hard to say any of the cards is a bad choice.
The parts are more expensive in Sweden because of taxes and *** so the first suggestion ended up with more like 1800$ instead of 1500$ but then as JackNay so nicely put it: Its Christmas soon so I might be able to get around that problem.
I will look into it more tomorrow, thanks again guys!
I spent a couple of hours to try to create this shoppinglist on a site from sweden or europe but I can only find a few parts from every other site so if i were to duplicate any of these shoppinglists I would have to order from 4-5 different sites.
I decided to mainly order from www.komplett.se since they have the biggest variety.
One question I have is about the case. How important is the case, I found Antec DF-85 on komplett but it sure is expensive and big, is it really worth the money? Also Does a midi tower affect the cooling alot since I want to go SLI?
About a SLI/Crossfire setup, is it basically the same plug and play installation as it is with one card or is it alot of extra work getting 2 cards to work? Also, The extra fan for the second card, where is it supposed to be installed? And since the brands you are recommending does not exist where I´m ordering from, what specifics should I look for, Diameter?, fan speed... ?
None of the power supply units you guys recommended were available on www.komplett.se so It would be alot easier if I could find another PSU, what should I look for? I suppose I need something extra because of SLI setup and how much power will my build require?
The RAM also seems to be hard to come by, could you guys mabey recommend another brand or product instead?
I any of the parts you are recommending is worth the effort of ordering from another site I will put in some extra effort but as said before. It would be cheaper and easier if I can order it all from the same site
I know I took the cheaper choice on moderboard and CPU, You guys think it will be worth the money to invest in a better CPU, like i7?
The stuff I can´t find and would love to get some recommendations for (what to look for, certain brands etc,) is:
BTW: The products I mentioned above adds up to around 1500$, I can stretch it a bit further, got my girlfriend to pay one of the Graphic cards as Xmas gift and I can probably get my parents involved also since its Christmas soon.
I really appreciate your help, sometimes I wish the stuff were as easy to come by and as cheap as it seems to be in the states.
Case - A quality full tower insures a couple pof things:
- Adequate air flow
- Easy work space
- Easy routing of cables
- Plenty of room to fit huge GFX cards, large MoBos, lotsa drives
As you to to smaller cases, each of these gets compromised a bit, the smaller you go, the bigger the compromise. A good mid tower such as the HAF-922 is a minor compromise most can live with with SLI and OC'ing
GFX - SLI is no big deal. Just forget it's there. If ua start w/ one and move to two, may want to remove and reinsall drivers if it gives you an issue.
PSU - For comparison purposes , the list below contains performance ratings (10 scale) at jonnyguru.com / prices as per newegg on 02/21/2010 and ones w/ double asterisks (**) made it onto silentpcreview.com's Editor's Choice List meaning they excelled at both electronic and acoustic performance:
Case Fans - Buy 'em from the case manufacturer's supplier. For the DF
Antec 761345-75026-4 120mm Red LED Case Fan .... here's the newegg link to check specs (ya only need one, all others pre-installed). As to your other questions, watch the video's and read the specs on the linked pages as wella s the manufacturer's web sites. You will see that the DF has one mounting location for an added optional fan which is on the case door window. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - Pick the OC you want and choose RAM accordingly. If it's 4.0 Ghz, the answer is DDR-1600. Using your fav vendors web site, drill down the searches to 240 pin / 2 x 2Gb / DDR3-1600. Look at CAS 6 to start and see if ya find anything your budget allows, then CAS 7, and so on. Also suggest seraching THG site as they often test numerous RAM modules and discover many higher latency modules that run quite comfortably at lower CAS settings.
SSD - The Vertex 2 and Intel SSD 's are readily available just about anywhere.
There is such a huge price diffrence from memory that to me seems to be exactly the same. All these memorys looks kinda alike (I know some of them have 12gb, is it worth it?) but the price can differ with 140$
If your going to OC you want DDR3 1600.
CL9 is fine as long as you dont want to run your memory past 1600 mhz.
for higher mhz you have to loosen your timings (cas goes up)
but lower cas is always better, but price wise its not really worth it for everyday use, its mostly seen on bencmarks.