Approximate Purchase Date: Now, but willing to wait.
Budget Range: $1050.00
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Hardcore gaming, After Effects, Photoshop, Movies.
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Speakers, Media Drive, OS.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com / TigerDirect.com
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: No Preference, looking to get the best for my dollar.
SLI or Crossfire: in the future
Monitor Resolution: I have both a 15" Polaroid LCD with 1280 x 800 resolution and a 32" Vizio LCD with 1366 x 768 resolution, not sure which to use.
Additional Comments: Do not care about noise, between the planes, trains and additional occupents in my home I do not know the meaning of quite. I'm looking to get the best bang for my dollar, something that can keep me happy doing the things I love until next years tax return. In the future I'd like to be able to upgrade my monitor to a 3D capable one and be able to do 3D gaming.
I have never put a computer together so this will be my first and I've managed to create a list of components that nearly fit my budget exactly give or take a few dollars and I'm looking for a second opinion on what I've chosen and if everything I've chosen is compatible.
^ Key to a build. Look at your resolution. Also looking for balance.
A 955 + 580. VERY VERY unbalanced. You should be getting at least i5 2400 on that budget with a 570 or 6950. But then, you also have to take into account your resolution. Even a 6870 would be overkill for either resolution you have. You'd basically bottle neck yourself because your having to much graphical power for such a small amount of pixels.
Hmm so the resolutions on the two monitors I initially was going to use would be the biggest issue with the list of components I've chosen? I do own a 24" ASUS with 1920 x 1080 resolution but it's in storage and I've just been too lazy to go get it. If I were to pick that up would there still be an unbalance or a bottleneck?
I'm going through the guide you linked to right now as well.
Well then it probably reduce the bottleneck. Still your CPU (955) would be a partial bottleneck even a major one for a 580. I suggest you get something like a 570/560 Ti or a 6950/6870 instead to make room for a 2500K (since you want to overclock).