SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Trying for very high performance disk and a lot of room for VMWware virtual machines. I wish this were a P67/i7 2600K
I'm sick of Dell Hell, so I am going to build my own. I am sure there are beginner mistakes in this build.
I keep going back and forth between the Thermaltake Element V Black Edition and the Corsair graphite 600T. I think the Thermaltake looks cooler. Does anyone have experience with these two and can point out some differences beyond the specs?
Newegg has everything and has mostly better prices. Buy.com has better prices on a couple of things, but I had such a problem with them back in 2007 I have not used them since. They had zero service and did not even have a phone number to call. Has anyone had recent experience with Buy.com and service? Is there some other place to look for prices that I have missed? I looked at Tiger Direct and Superbizz, but neither have a lot of the stuff. Do most people buy from one source or split up their orders to the lowest price?
Anybody know how to buy 4x4GB memory and guarantee all the sticks are from the same lot?
Are you planning on RAIDing those Caviar Blacks? I've heard that Caviar Blacks have a tendency to drop out of RAID arrays randomly. WD RE4 drivers do a lot better in a RAID setup and reportedly are slightly more reliable.
Depending on how many cores you want a Xeon setup might not be a bad idea. Also, keep in mind that Bulldozer and Sandy Bridge-E are slated to be released later this year, and they both will likely include 6-8 core models. Obviously that could be a long wait.
Also, that PSU is overkill unless you want two or three GTX 580s.
Newegg offers 16GB RAM packages with 4 X 4GB sticks, but I'm not sure that's a guarantee that they'll be from the same lot.
The way I look at it buying from multiple sites isn't going to save a lot of money because when you buy from multiple sites you get hit with higher shipping charges overall, plus it can be a bit of a hassle to buy from 3-4 different vendors. So unless you happen to find a part at a low enough price to offset any increased shipping charges it's probably not worth buying parts from more than 1-2 retailers.