Approximate Purchase Date: Week after Thanksgiving
Budget Range: $750-$850 after rebates.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, office applications, STATISTICA, web-surfing
Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, OS, Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts (from most to leat preferred): newegg.com preferred, tigerdirect, amazon
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: AMD/Radeon, Mid-size ATX
Overclocking: Moderate OCing. I modestly overclock CPUs, but generally mostly conservative multiplier adjustments - if I'm at the point where I consider voltage tweaking and I have to fight a daily fight against the computer becoming the temperature of the sun, I usually just upgrade.
SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire definitely - I try to keep my computers fairly mid-range and I'd like the option of getting a 2nd card, though it's not an immediate necessity.
Monitor Resolution: Run well in 1920 x 1080 when get around to upgrading my monitor that doesn't support it (I'm not replacing the monitor right now)
I've built computers in the past, but I always like to get a couple extra eyes just in case I've overlooked something obvious or didn't consider a better option. Not shooting for a high-end build (obviously, or I'd set a higher budget). I do a lot of gaming, but I'm usually not hyper about playing everything on ultra-high at highest resolutions (I'm still puttering around on an ancient 4670). I just like to try to stay mid-range, so I'm mostly concerned with having an average gaming rig with as few roadblocks to staying average for a few years as possible.
Gaming is easily the most important system usage. While I work on the computer from home and will continue, I'm doing all those other non-gaming things very comfortably right now and I'd probably have to try very hard not to upgrade those other things immensely.
I will probably tinker with this based on Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales, but this is the basic framework of what I'd like to build. I already caught that I accidentally picked the open box hard drive rather than a new one. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
ENERMAX Staray ECA3171-BR-AP Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 3 Apollish Red LED Fan and Mesh Front
ENERMAX Staray ECA3171-BR-AP Black Computer Case - Retail
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Yeah, didn't mean to do an open box. Sloppiness on my part - I'd never get an open box hard drive. Do you have a recommendation for a 2 TB? I'm a bit of a hoarder of files and disk images (my better half is always grumbling about my messy den, so disks are one thing I like to keep stashed away. I have files from nearly 30 years ago (for example, I finally finished a game of King's Quest III that I started in the late 80s).
Thanks for the tip on the 955 - they're close enough that a minor OC would make the diff, so if it's better, it saves some money.
I had never heard of Enermax either, but while researching cases, they got pretty good reviews at Hardware Secrets. Was curious if anyone else had any experience with them as I like 2nd, 3rd, 4th opinions. Unless someone has heard bad things, I might get the case and if I don't like it and I'll use it to upgrade my dedicated home media PC hooked up the entertainment center (right now it's 3 TB of internal hard drives and 2 1 TB externals but the Enermax has a lot of bays).