First time builder here! Found this forum the other day and thought I'd post my build so far. I'd like to build it in April. The parts with no cost are parts I own. Gaming > Web > Office > Other. Thanks for looking!
Will the video card fit in the case?
Would the case be too cramped for a future crossfire setup with the same GPU?
Is it worth buying the 2G version of the GPU to flash it to a 6970?
Are the 64MB Cache and SATA 6.0Gb/s specs on the HDD going to have any noticeable performance gains over a cheaper HDD?
Approximate Purchase Date: April
Budget Range: up to $1100
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > Web > Office > Other
Parts Not Required: Listed below @ $0
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: built around a sandy bridge CPU
Overclocking: Compatible; In the future
SLI or Crossfire: Compatible; In the future
RAID: Compatible; In the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, maybe higher
Additional Comments: don't want it to sound like a lawn mower
That case looks nice, and it's about the same price. The video card they installed in the demonstration video looks like a tight fit. I couldn't tell which card they used. It'd be nice to compare the size with a 6950 to get an idea of how much space there is. A few addition questions below for anyone who'll share their expertise!
Does the 2GB version of the 6950 scale better in crossfire than the 1GB version?
Would the 64MB cache and 6.00GB/s HDD scale better in RAID than a drive with weaker specs?
Is there anything I should be paying attention to with the mobo I picked?
Two 1GB versions of the HD 6950 below with a $25 difference in price. Is it worth paying more to have the one that's clocked at 830/1300 out of the box vs. 800/1250? That's the only major difference I can see. The brand too, of course. Also, the more expensive 1GB versions of the card are essentially the same price as the 2GB versions, so where's the incentive to get the 1GB version?
It seems like RPM and storage density are the biggest factors in HDD performance. Is a 500GB platter still high-end? It's been almost a year since the post you linked. Do you know of any good website listing HDDs by storage density? Anything else regarding HDD performance I should be brainstorming?