Hey all. I have a system I've spec'd and have no idea if any of these parts will butt heads with each other. Please guide me oh nerdier-than-I ones.
The last time I was 'into' computers, the only i7 was the 920. Now, with all of these new i7's out, I'm cornfused. Basically, I'm in college and needing a computer to work on, PLUS I'm going to do some gaming using my HDTV as a monitor as well as watching movies. Later down the road I'll be recording music, what should I buy in anticipation of that? I want things to look gooooood and run smoooooth. The 850 PSU is just in case I want to Xfire down the road.
Approximate order date: Late Feb.
Budget: no more than $1800
Most to Least important usage: School, Gaming (interchangable, ha!), movies, and recording MUSIC!
Parts not required: Mouse, keyboard, speakers
Preferred sites: Newegg, or suitable recommendation by the forumites
Xfire: Down the road
Screen resolution: 1900x1080p
LGA 1366 likes triple-channel RAM, not dual-channel. If I were you, I'd still keep the RAM, though. I'd replace the mobo + CPU with a P67 mobo and a 2600K. And instead of a 5870, I'd opt for either a 6870 or a 6950 (depending on the games). Also, SATA 3 is somewhat useless for mechanical drives atm. I suggest a Spinpoint F3 instead.
I've taken your recommendations and applied them. Surprisingly the difference in cost is negligible. Would the new CPU + Mobo combo perform better with triple channel ram? Or would I even notice a difference?
The new mobo uses dual-channel RAM natively, so using triple-channel RAM would actually hurt performance in that (1) your rig won't benefit from multi-channel RAM and (2) your overclocking might be more limited. And it's just weird to be using 3 of 4 slots.
Your usage does not indicate a benefit from a 1366 based system, so I'd recommend a 1155 based one for better performance in what you will be doing:
Case - Air inlet filters, hot swap external 2.5" drive, fleet swap drive bays, build in fan speed control, hi air flow for cooling twin GFX cards,
PSU - TX series is inadequate for twin GFX and overclocking, if sticking w/ Corsair you'd wat the XFX Black Edition 850
MoBo / CPU - The best overclocking MoBo in THG's 1155 roundup w/ fastest available 1155 CPU.
Cooler - In top 3 performance wise, easy installation, 1st place TIM
SSD & HD - for best of both worlds
GFX - Will handle just about anything out at hi settings, add a 2nd one come XMas.
A few things you said confuse me. Not hard to do, however. You state the PSU I've selected would be inadequate for what I propose to do down the road, but say the XFX is fine if I want to stick with Corsair. I didn't realize the PSU you had listed was made by corsair. I thought XFX was their own company. Or did you mean my corsair was inadequate, and you recommend the XFX?
The cooler you have listed doesn't list the 1155 as a supported mobo. It's apparent you know your stuff, but I am just double checking.
Guitarist, the Antec that Jack listed and the Corsair TX850 are pretty much the same in terms of price and performance. The XFX performs slightly better than both and has a higher efficiency rating, but all three are good PSUs.
Newegg has a nice MIR on the XFX atm, so if you're not worried about getting that money back, it's a really sweet deal.
Antec, Corsair, and XFX do not design their own PSUs. Corsair's PSUs are designed by Seasonic or Channel Well Tech, and iirc the TX850 is a CWT product. XFX's are Seasonic-only. Seasonic is generally regarded as the best PSU OEM, and for good reason.