Hello everyone! I am planning to build a gaming computer for around $1400 this summer and I wanted everyone's advice. Here are my goals for the build
Usage: Gaming (mostly), general use (ie websurfing, emailing etc)
Budget: hopefully around $1400 though willing 2 go a little higher if strongly recommended
Features: blu-ray, raid 0 harddrive (2x 500 gb) with internal backup (2 tb), cool lighting, gaming keyboard/mouse, speaker system, overclocked cpu, ati 6950 video card, 22ing led monitor
CPU: powerful yet not overly expensive,overlocking ability, quad core. looking at amd 955 black edition cpu
additional notes: i want it to be relatively quiet, and have great gaming ability. I am planning to buy the parts from tigerdirect.com and assemble them myself
-Is the video card i am using complete overkill? Would it be better to go to a cheaper card or an Nvidia one?
-Is the cpu and motherboard i am choosing look good, is it futureproof and good enough for my aims?
-Is the raid 0 worthwile or should i just get 1 large harddrive for cheaper? (I still want to keep the backup for securities sake)
With a summer build schedule we figure you have plenty of time yet before you need to be picking the actual parts. That's mostly 'cause AMD Bulldozer will be out and the Sandy Bridge stuff should be sorted.
The only issue I have with your parts list so far is that Aspire 600W DarkSide PSU. I could not find any independent review to show its a quality power supply.
Ideally, we like to see a PSU thats been thoroughly tested and examined. For example: Seasonic S12 II Bronze 520W review @ JonnyGuru
With a $20 rebate and $5 promo code this excellent PSU is going for $45 just now: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W.
It's a good example why we don't spend a lot of time working on specific part lists for builds more than a week out