Here's a build I've been contemplating for awhile. Coming from a Dell P4 @ 2.8Ghz with a dead hard drive. No point in replacing so I'm going to build new. The P67 problem has put a damper on things, but I think this will work well for the time being.
Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4 weeks (after tax refund), would like to wait til April, but working through my current laptop (Core 2 Duo) is a pain
Budget Range: ~$1500
System Usage (in no particular order): Gaming (fps, rts), photo editing, some video editing/encoding, web design, school
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, moniter, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com
Country of Origin: USA (ND)
Parts Preferences: AMD GPU (Read somewhere that encoding quality with nVidia sucks?)
Overclocking: Yes (mid to upper 4s with SB, whatever I can get with AMD)
Crossfire: Yes (several months down the road)
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Additional Comments: Would like a quiet PC with a window (if possible). Was going to go Sandy Bridge, but with the current state of affairs that isn't possible. So, was thinking Athalon II/Phenom II (x4) with a newer chipset (this board will have only 1 GPU). Will upgrade to Sandy Bridge (i7-2600k with ASRock P67 Extreme4) when the revision is for sale and build a computer for my dad (email, photo editing, surfing) based on the AMD CPU.
Here are the parts I've picked out so far:
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
**I also like the Corsair 600T. However, I've changed my mind on a case about every-other day. Suggestions here are very welcome. Keep in mind, if the case has a window, I want the inside painted.
Total Cost: $1,168.90 before rabates/combo/shipping.
As you can see, I'm well within my budget. I will sell the AMD CPU/mobo to my dad at that build time for a slight discount. I'm not even sure I will dabble in overclocking until that time. The 2600k/Extreme4 will cost me roughly $500 when they are available again, so still within budget. I wouldn't mind getting a backlit keyboard and/or mouse upgrade (currently have a wireless Microsoft desktop [mouse kinda sucks]).
Ok, so my main issues (I think) are case choice and RAM. Any issues using the RAM with the AMD setup? Read reviews that it works great with Sandy Bridge, but not sure about AMD boards. Also, will the 212+ allow me to get the 2600k into the mid-4s? Thanks in advance for your time and expertise.
I agree with the guy above with that budget you shouldnt limit yourself to 1680x1050. And to answer your question the cooler, if you plan on overclocking you gotta put out some money for a better cooler. Its worth it in the long run, it will raise your limits on how far you can oc and will extend the life of your cpu.
Hmmm...I know the resolution isn't the best, but I was hoping to spend money elsewhere (2600k vs. 2500k, 8gb ram vs. 4 gb, etc). Any suggestions on a case? Think the CM Scout would be a pretty tight fit for future Crossfire and sound card upgrades? I was originally thinking a Megahalems for the cooler, but perhaps that's overkill (price/performance). Probably no such thing as too safe though with a $330 CPU.