I'm a bit new to all this but I do read a lot about pc stuff. I want to build my first pc for gaming and I did some research and read reviews about some parts and here is what I have compiled.
CASE = ANTEC NINE HUNDRED BLACK STEEL ATX 120$
MOBO = ASUS P8P67 DELUXE 240$
CPU = SANDYBRIDGE I7-2600K 3.4Ghz (TURBO BOOST 3.8Ghz) 335$
CPU FAN & HEATSINK = ????? NEED SUGGESTIONS ??$
OTHER FANS NEEDED ??? ??$
VIDEO CARD = EVGA GTX 580 500$
PSU = ANTEC TPQ 850W $150
RAM = G.SKILL RIPJAWS SERIES 8G (2 X 4GB) 240-PIN DDR3 1600 104$
HDD = WESTERN DIGITAL CAVIAR BLACK 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB CACHE 100$
BURNER = SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM 18$
BLU-RAY PLAYER = HP BD Combo SATA Model BD240I-h01 LightScribe SupporT 86$
MOITOR = SAMSUNG (RES:1920 X 1080) 2494SW Glossy Black 24" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 50000:1 (1000:1) 235$
KEYBOARD = HAVEN`T DECIDED YET ??$
MOUSE = ALREADY HAVE A RAZER DEATHADDER N/A
PRICES WERE BASED ON WWW.NEWEGG.CA
EVERYTHING IS IN CANADIAN DOLLARS
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING, THEY ARE ONLY A REFERENCE FOR QUALITY/PRICE RATINGS.
My questions are :
Is it compatible?
anything better for lower prices?
any bottleneck parts?
How is it for a first draft? I don`t know when I'm gonna built it but hopefully soon. Budget is around 2000$CAN, I don`t care if its a bit lower and im willing to stretch a bit over. I also don`t mind waiting a couple of months for better prices or better parts.
GTX580 is an ideal card for 30"/2560x1600 monitors, but, even the GTX570 gives good performance at 1920x1080, and for $150 less....; the GTX580 would for sure be more future proof on newer titles, however, due to it's 1.5GB of memory.
Most are opting for the 2500K cpu which also saves another $120-$150 or so...
Looks pretty darn good as is, however, merely pointing out a few cost-saving alternatives.
For gaming, the 2500K will be all you need. If the extra $100 for the 2600K is not important to you, get it.
Otherwise, I would spend $100-$200 on a SSD for the os and apps.
I love the GTX580 for the build. By the time games need more, there will be a new generation of cards, and a top card like the GTX580 will be easy to market.
I would not spend extra planning on a sli configuration which you will probably never need.
My thoughts... 580 is over priced. You can easily get more bang for your buck. For example a pair of 6870s or 6950s (2gb), a pair of now released 560s, or older 470s... but hey for a single card a 580 is nice.
Also, do you need the i7? The i7 2600K is $100 less and chances are you're not going to max it out, especially when they can hit 4.5ghz or more with some good overclocking (on air!). This would free up budget for an SSD, or SLI/Crossfire video cards (like I mentioned). (And like Geo mentioned haha)
Lots of good coolers out there, choose one that you like. My favorites for looks and performance are Zalman CNPS10X/11X Extreme, Megahalems, Tuniq Tower Extreme... forget but there's a couple other nice looking ones that perform well. The Noctua is ugly IMO (well the fans are).
What's the bid deal with SSD? I only heard about it yesterday.
A ssd has virtually no access time, making it very fast. One costs $1.6 to $2 per gigabyte of storage.
Windows-7 takes about 13gb, do a SSD of 64 to 80gb is a great performance buy for the os and some apps. Use the large HDD for backup and storage.
-For $10 upgrade to the Antec DF-85 and CP-850 .... huge step up in both counts. BTW, you ain't gonna SLI twin 580's on a 850 watt PSU....if ya going that route, pick the CP-1000
-Would suggest a 570 superclocked from EVGA mainly because you can SLI two 570's with a good 850 watter ....good meaning Corsair HX series, XFX Black Edition, Antec CP series....at 1000 watts, it's a new ballgame with the 580's.
-No need to add the case window fan until ya dd that 2nd card in SLI
^ pretty good suggestions, only IMO 120GB SSD is more than needed. I have an 80GB with Win 7, lots of apps like iTunes, Photoshop and others plus 2 games (F1 2010, Fallout: NV) and I have 30gb free still. So yeah some money can be saved there. Just my thoughts.