Well my previous post seems to have been deleted, but you all convinced me to wait for the Sandy Bridge a month and a half ago. My budget is around $2000 (the less the better lol as far as my wife is concerned) I will use this system for gaming as well as some photo editing. I am interested in doing some OC but I am very much a novice at it. This will be the second system I have built, but it’s been a few years. I am currently using a Dell 1710 XPS that is on the verge of dyeing. My planned setup is:
I7 2600k (unless the price goes way up from what I’ve seen projected)
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme.
EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (I plan on SLI down the road but trying to save some $$ right now)
Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL120GB-DX 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
Saitek CCB437080002/04/1 Black USB Wired Laser Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse
For RAM was originally going with G.SKILL PI Series, but now I see the Ripjaws X on Newegg, and I am too sure which way to go. I was leaning towards 8GB, but would welcome any and all suggestions regarding latency/ as well as if the 2200 vs. the 1600 would make much of a difference.
Currently I play WOW, but will continue to do flight Sims, and first person shooters, as well as edit photos, but not professionaly.
I'd personally stick with the 1600MHZ CAS 9 ram, but a nice 850W psu as mentioned should do the job easily with plenty of OC room.
I don't know how much that SSD costs, but combined with the $130 saving from the cheaper PSU, (More if you hunt for cheaper corsair/antec 850 W PSUs) and get rid of the SSD for NOW you could get the 2nd GTX 570 now. SSD's are coming down in price very fast and to be honest, aren't THAT great.. sure they load stuff quicker, but heck, is the 10~ seconds loading time worth well in excess of $100 now?
Put on the kettle, give your wife a back rub or something haha.
Hell, remove that blu ray burner that you'll use 3 times this year, get a gtx 580, forget about that 2nd video card.
Gtx 580 beats 3 way SLI gtx 260, my friend maxes all games at 1080p with only 2 gtx 260.
And GET THAT SSD.
It's like buying a brand new lamborghini but with a 4 cylinder.
And later down the road sli that 580 (in a year or two).
For two 580, grab a good 850-900 watts power supply, watch out for corsair, they've recently dropped the quality, seek for antec, seasonic and silverstone.
And to anwser vibhas question, time is money.
It cuts boot times by half, apps are instant, so yes, it does worth it.
Buying a 2k build to boot windows in 1:30 and wait for the apps to load is completly absurd.
An athlon 64 2000+ have a hard drive bottleneck, imagine an i5 build with the most powerful card on the market xD
Oh and finaly get a 1600mhz ddr3 kit, 1333mhz is just about the same price and cas 6-7-8-9 there is no biggy, no as much as a ssd vs HDD.
So how about the Ripjaw X ? Is it a marketing gimickhttp: //www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682023142... ? and 2x4gb or 4x2gb. I think i'll stick with the SSD. Mainly because my cureent rig tanks so fricken long to boot sigh. so 580 vs dual 570s in the next year? Will I see the performance difference, since the 580 is about $200 more than 570?
Wife would want a longer massage then 30 secs lol. I will also look at dropping blue tooth for now and just do DVD ROM. Any other thoughts on MB? I was debating the delux and Maximus before, Not sure I like the Saber
Well ordered most of my item. Still waiting for SB and MB to come out. Also SSD was on back order. Still debating P867Delux versus the sabertooth and maximus IV for boards. Leaning to the delux not sure I will take advantage of the Maximus features as I am very much a noob at OC. I also was reading online and some were saying that if you do play FSX the hyperthreading on the SB 2600K ws worth the money also future use might be more so. I am now back in the quandry as to choose the 2500k or 2600k..... sigh Oh and yeah im over my 2k limit sigh.
1 x ($199.99) CASE CM|HAF X RC-942-KKN1 RT $199.99