As you can see from the title, I am looking to finalize my plans for my first build. I am looking for help finding any glaring compatibility problems that I have overlooked. I have done a lot of research and reading to make sure that everything fits, but, we all miss things sometimes.
Approximate Purchase Date: Spring to Summer
Budget Range: $1500 - $1800 Cheaper is ALWAYS better though...
System Usage: Digital media center(Streaming, TV, BluRay Movies), Hardcore Gaming, School work(IT & Info Systems), General Usage
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com is my 1st choice, but if there are other sources that are cheaper, that's better.
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: See Below
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, just not now
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Here are the parts that I have decided on. The RAM, SDD and the Bling(cathodes & fan controller) are the only ones that I am not 100% sure about. I am sure that I want a 2x4GB, at least 1600 DDR3 RAM.
I have given thought to doing a water cooling system with this. I know my case is built for it and I have the room, but, I think I have enough to worry about. I would like to do a system that would cool the CPU, GPU's, North bridge and South bridge. If anyone has some suggestions of parts, reassurance on it being not as hard as I think it's going to be or anything else encouraging, I'd love to hear it. I think that when I add a second GPU in Crossfire, I'll add a water cooling system.
Just as a final note:
- I know about the NB overheat problem with the Crossfire IV, I still want the board
- I have looked at the Benchmarks for the 1090T and still want it. I like the performance of HD video rendering over the 965.
- I want 8GB of RAM. I know that a lot of you suggest only 4GB, Thank you. I'll still take the 8GB.
- I know this RAM will fit under the Noctua. Please keep that in mind if suggesting new RAM.
I'll say now, Thanks for the input. It's greatly appreciated and helpful.
+1 for you thinking to stop by here first. I would hate to think of you spending that kind of money on that build.
Down below is a Sandy Bridge build...lots of good things with these builds. First off they mop the floor with anything out there atm, second off RAM means ZERO in regards to over clocking these cpu's....so no need for spendy low timing RAM in order to get a great over clock, third these SB cpu's don't require water cooling or a $50+ cpu heat sink to get an over clock of 4.6 - 5.0ghz. It's a new day and age in technology with these 1155 SB builds.
This build down below contains a 2500K SB cpu, Windows 7, after market h/s (thermal paste included), dual factory o/c gtx 560's in SLI, 128GB SSD, 8 gigs of low voltage RAM (1.5v)... (SB boards tend to do better with low voltage RAM), etc.... Also peeps using RAID 0 is something of the past anymore since the SSD's came down in price. And best off all with a bios flash the 1155 boards will run the 22nm Ivy Bridge cpu's due out next year. One decent size SSD, and one large HD seems to be the trend these days.