Budget Range: 1,700 can go up to 1,800 if need be.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, music, internet
Parts Not Required: monitor, speakers, mouse, keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, tigerdirect
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel processors and NVIDIA graphics
Overclocking: I will be overclocking
SLI or Crossfire: I'm open to SLI or Crossfire if it is called for
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I'm new to building my own computers, and using a helpful British website I put together a preliminary build which I want you guys to let me know if it's good for what my use will be, if there is anything I should change, or if there is a better build for the price.
COOLERMASTER HAF 912 PLUS MID TOWER GAMING CASE
Would the Coolermaster 922 case be large enough or should I go up to the 932? And would a single 570 be good enough for the games I will be playing (Starcraft 2, Shogun 2, Crysis 2, fallout NV). If not, would going SLI with two 570's be a good idea?
Pass on the i7, unless you really need those few (~0.3) GHz out of your OC. The i7-2600K only brings hyperthreading to the the 1155 socket, and for games that's useless. It'll also drop your build down $100.
Also, I would drop that WD Black and go for the Samsung F3 1TB. It's just as fast (the F3 might actually be a little faster), since the WD Black doesn't have the speeds to take advantage of the 6Gbps bandwidth. It's very misleading, but it will save you $30.
What kind of speakers do you have? A lot of people find that the onboard sound on the mobo is more than enough, especially for gaming. My speakers aren't very fancy so I saved money by not buying a sound card.
If you're looking for speed, then you definitely need to get an SSD. You will be amazed at how much faster everything loads. I'm waiting for the OCZ Vertex 3 to be back in stock so I can get one.
Load your OS and the main games & programs onto the SSD. Movies, music & pictures should be stored on a secondary HDD. A 128 GB SSD would be sufficient for most people and I use a Samsung 1 TB HDD for storage. The time frame from when you push the power button up until the Windows screen comes up will be 30 seconds or less. I have an older SSD on my laptop and I don't like to use my i5 2500K gaming computer b/c it doesn't have an SSD yet.
I have a WD SiliconEdge Blue SSD, which I believe is either late 1st gen or early 2nd gen, and it boots in maybe 45 seconds max. I'd recommend at LEAST 64GB; I have W7 64 and Office 2010, along with all my drivers and such and still have ~10GB free space. My older 500GB HDD provides storage for all of my games and programs.
I plan to get the OCZ Vertex 3 SSD once it's available and another Geforce 570 for SLI to play Battlefield 3 when it's released later this year. I figured this computer should last me about 3-4 years or so before I would need to upgrade again.