Budget Range: 700-800 After Rebates, may be able to push it to $1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: AMD is what I most familiar with as well a nvidia for graphics, but I will take what ever is the best out there that fits in my budget. It doesn't have to be AMD or nvidia. A really good motherboard as a base for future upgrades would be great.
SLI or Crossfire: not now but in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024
Additional Comments: window would be nice, bling not inportant, quieter the better
Couple of comments:
Depending on how soon, you might overclock, I would purchase an aftermarket cooler. Also along those lines, I like the memory recommended as it doesn't have a huge heat spreader. Sometimes they can interfere with an aftermarket cooler depending on which one you purchase. I had that problem with the OCZ reaper memory. Couldn't put it in memory slot one. Just something to remember.
The only thing I would change is the 6850. it can be purchased for $160 AFTER rebates. This would bring the BEFORE rebate total to $774.91. Use $25 to get a decent cooler and you are at your $800 budget. 6850 will handle 1080p better when you upgrade and will scale extremely well when you drop in a second card down the road.
Yes, good replacements. The only think I might mention is that sometimes, people who overclock like to get 1600 memory instead of 1333. This only matters if you will be tweaking things beyond changing the multiplier. As you are buying a Black Edition, you can simply raise the multiplier to overclock the processor. If you want to do finer tuning by adjusting the other settings, 1600 RAM can give you a little more freedom to do that. Other than that, not much of a performance advantage between the two.
I have been reading a lot about this Sandy Bridge, how it's the best thing out there and stuff. My question is, if I do not plan on overclocking my system, is it still that much better than its competition? If it is, I can wait until they start selling them again if they make one that fits in my budget, if not, then I can go ahead with the below build.
So this is what I have put together so far. Dose it all look compatible and do you know of a cheaper versions, but just as good, as anything I have listed?
Also I have always be partial to nVidia cards -never owned an AMD before- buy if the 6850or 6870 would be better than the GTX 560 I'll get it. And keeping in mind that I may, at some point, by a second card to SLI/crossfier, could I get away with a smaller PSU, like a 650w instead of the 750w? Total now is $884.91 and a smaller PSU would bring that down if I didn't need the 750w, and so would the 6850/6870 over the GTX 560, but I'm willing to spend a little more if the GTX 560 is the better card. What are your opinions?
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Does anyone know how many fans each of these cases come with and how many I would have to buy? Under details, I can't tell if the fans that are mentioned come with the cases or if it's just telling me what kind of fans the cases support and how many I would need to buy. Like the Antec 600, it says
1 x 120mm Real TwoCool exhaust fan
2 x 120 mm front TwoCool Blue LED fans to cool the hard disk drives
1 x 200mm Top mounted TriCool Blue LED exhaust fan
But in the pictures, I can see fan founts like on the side panel, but the only fan I see is in the back of the case. Does the rambling mess I just typed make sense to anyone?