I’m planning on putting together a new build, as my last computer is ancient and I’m getting a nice signing bonus to start my new job. I’d like to put together a pretty powerful rig that will last me for a while, though I’m looking to spend money superfluously on very marginal improvements. My main uses will be internet, office, viewing hd video, some hd video editing, and gaming (ideally at maxed out settings ). My price range is about ~$1500 but if I can get a significantly better rig out of spending more, I’m open to this, or if I can go well under this mark without sacrificing much power, I’m open to this as well. I’m planning on overclocking. In the future, I might buy a second graphics card to run crossfire and I will likely buy a RAID controller to set up a RAID 5. When the next generation of SSD’s come out, I may upgrade my desktop and put the SSD I am buying now into my netbook. Thanks in advance for taking a look at this and I’d appreciate any advice or guidance you might be able to give me!
Case: Corsair 800D, I love everything about this case but the price. I want a full tower than is elegant and simple. This case seems to be the only one that fits the requirement and has a plethora of other awesome features. I’m somewhat willing to make an investment in an awesome case. My only hangup on this case besides the price is that the hotswappable bays do not support SATAIII, though I’ve heard this will be upgradeable in the future. I am open to other cases if people have suggestions. I’m planning on aircooling, does anyone have any experience or reccomendations for doing this with the 800D. ($250 + tax, Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec 650 W. I already own this, and I think this should be fine to start unless I later choose to do crossfire, watercooling, RAID controller, etc.
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4, I want to be able to overclock, USB 3.0, SATAIII, and to eventually be able to upgrade to a crossfire configuration. This would run at x8/x8, but I’m not sure it’s worth it to get x16/x16 if I have to buy a $350 motherboard, and I may choose never to upgrade to crossfire (NewEgg $160.50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
If I decide against a full tower, I might consider the Antec 300 for $55 from Microcenter.
I chose that SSD for the fact OCZ makes about as good as an SSD as it gets, it was on sale, and it allows enough h/d space to not only add the o/s to it but also a few often used proggy's.
The difference these days between "full tower" and "mid tower" is name only. The Antec 300 is a great bargain for a single card set up, but it's small for a dual card set up...and they don't do so well with large h/s.
^ For a regular gaming build, I doubt you would need more than 4GB,...
But if you want 8GB, then just get the 1600MHz CAS 9 sets, even they allow for a good overclock and extra $50 IMO is not worth it just for CAS 8
$15 off w/ promo code EMCKJKD27, ends 1/12 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...