I'm looking to build a computer around the 1000 (before taxes) mark. Any help would be great. Thanks guys.
Case: NZXT Hush Quiet ATX Mid Tower Case or NZXT LEXA S Crafted CPU: Intel i7-2600k 3.4 HD: Western Digital Caviar 1TB Sata 3GB 64MB Motherboard: Undecided. I hear you can't get a good motherboard that supports the sandy bridge because of some sort of recall. Power: Antec TP-650 Truepower New 650W Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 8GB (2x4GB) Dual Channel Kit Video Card: GTX 560 Ti
I'm thinking about going SLI some time in the future. Maybe when the 560 drops to 100 or 150. I feel it will be cheaper but still as buying a whole new card (hopefully).
I've built one up in a few Canadian websites and after taxes I hat 1200.
I have Windows 7.
I know the 100 case is a little much, but it's so damn sexy and I like that it actually comes with four fans. I guess I'm somewhat flexible on the 8 gigs of ram.
I was mostly interested to know if I was making the right choices at my price point. Like if G.Skill is the way to go or maybe I should go Corsair, or if that video card isn't the best bang for my buck.
Ah, well no OS definitely helps.
You were pretty good on your initial list.
The big thing I would change would be I5-2500k rather than I7. Games simply aren't written to take advantage of the extra cores on the I7, so you're spending a lot for not very much return. That's ~$100 savings.
I would also look to step down from 1TB drive to a 500GB drive to save money and noise. But if you do go w/ the 1TB then look at the Samsung Spinpoint F3. Slightly better performance than the WD Caviar Black in several tests, but at a lower price.
The RAM is good, you can pay half again as much to go from CAS9 to CAS7... probably not worth it.
Good call on the video card, that looks to be the value leader atm, especially if you factor heat into the calculation.
Also like your choice of power supply.
I put that stuff together w/ some links to NewEgg.com... before I realized you were a GWN shopper. You'll want to compare against newegg.ca before you trust some of these prices and promo codes.
CPU + Cooler
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler