This will be my first computer build.
Want to be able to use this for years and continually upgrade...
I mainly use my computer for gaming...SC2,WoW,Need4Speed,DragonsAge,CoD,etc...and I want maxed out settings
Ive been reading up for the past week and I think my line up is OK
Please let me know any changes you would make...
Have a 1920x1200 moniton,speakers,keyboard,mouse and Windows 7, 64bit.
Would like to spend $2000-2500...maybe a bit more...Priced everything off newegg.com
Motherboard: Asus Rampage III Extreme
CPU: Intel core i7-950 3.06 GHz ..... I plan on overclocking, maybe, if everything works
GPU: 2x Asus or EVGA(which is better?) GTX 470 in SLI
PSU: Antec TP Quattro 1200 OC
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)...not really sure on how much RAM would be best for this system...its pretty cheap soo
HD: 2x Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB in RAID 0...would a 1TB HD be better?
SSD: OCZ Agility 2 90GB...OR Intel X25 80GB?
Case: I would love to have a huge completely clear case but haven't been able to find one...any suggestions?!?
*Cooling: Like to do water-cooling on the GPUs,CPU,and everything on the motherboard. Should I put it together without water-cooling and if it works, then add it?
Lots of questions, I know...I would love any help I can get
If your into OC'ing & want to save some; go with a i7 920 or 930. Allot of OC'ers do it.
You could wait for the new Sandybridge to arrive, but with a new chipset comes a new set of problems to go with it,
The 1156 & 1366 have been out long enough that MB makers have at least 1 or 2 revision on their products which
should result in less problems.
You'll probably get a better deal on the older chipsets as the vendors will want to clear out some inventory to make room for the Sandybridge boards.
I'd definately go for an SSD, I have one & it's worth it!
Get at least a 120 GB or more, then put all your larger installs on the other WD 1 TB drive.
I've even installed web browsers on the other drive to save space on the boost drive as it fills up quick.
Cough look into LCing (or at least with that budget I would. SB is a beast, wait for it. And You should wait for Cayman as well, IE 6970/6950. The 6970 should be 50% more powerful than a single 6870 says AMD so... I think that'd be a better investment.