Hi all, so this will be my first build. The computer will be used primarily for everyday activities (including editing HD videos of my kid). I will play a game or three each year, but I'm not a hardcore gamer. Therefore I'm spending a little less on the GPU compared to the CPU and RAM. Here's what I've got so far (looking to spend about $1300).
The only potential upgrade I could foresee in the next few years would be adding an SLI card and plugging in some more RAM (so I've left 2 slots free).
I'm not sure whether or not I need a CPU cooler or not. They are a mystery to me.
The Intel® chipset based boards like H67 and P67 like the 1.5 volt memory while it is possible to use higher voltage memory from my understanding it leads to being less stable system. So set the voltage in the bios when you start the boot up to 1.5v.
I just built a system almost identical to yours, I saved some money by reusing an old case, and I got the sapphire 5830 extreme 1gb for $130
Other major parts are
AsRock p67 Extreme4
Gskill Ripjaws X 1600 cas 9 2X4gb
Crucial C300 128gb
Samsung F3 1tb
The system is up and screaming like a beast. I'm running the stock cooler and its nice and quiet, as well as efficient. The Asrock board is very easy and a solid foundation, and the C300 laughs at Win 7 - crazy fast.
The 5830 is a previous generation card, and so it doesn't run crysis2 at max everything, but depending on your monitor, and a realistic look at what you really want the graphics to do, do you really need the latest and greatest?
Just my .02
BTW - LOVED the looks of the FD case, just wish I had the extra $100 for it.
Hey Someone! Glad to hear a similar build is working out for you. Yeah, the FD cases are a bit expensive. To make matters worse, I ordered mine at the end of last year, when they weren't available in the U.S. yet. So I paid $50 to ship it from canada!
Use this to unlock your CUDA capability for video editing in CS5 as the only cards which employ CUDA by default in CS5 are the GeForce GTX 285, GTX 470, Quadro 4000, Quadro 5000, Quadro 5000M, Quadro FX 3800, Quadro FX 4800, Quadro FX 5800, Quadro CX
There is a good deal on memory right now ($75 for Ripjaws 8gb 1600 cas 9) at Newegg. That memory is also in combo with the Asus P8P67 (Rev 3.0) mobo. I am a complete noob when it comes to mobo's and am having a really hard time differentiating between the two dozen or so P67 models out there. Is that Asus a good board? JackNaylor, I know you recommended the Pro version - but is the regular version decent?
The ASRock P67 Extreme was my initial choice just because it featured the "Tom's Hardware Enthusiast recommended model" on Newegg. But perhaps I don't need whatever advantages it offers over the cheaper boards. I'd also like to save a little cash since I just splurged on a 128gb Crucial C300 instead of the 64gb model.
buy the $75 ripjaws 1600 CAS 9 ram now. It ends tomorrow (remember to type in promo code at cart). its the best deal ive seen on ram in the last 6 months . CAS 9 is 1% slower than CAS 7, so double the cost for 1% performance hardly seems to even fit the law of diminishing returns. More like the law of no returns . If its such an issue, you can overclock and volt your own ram. Make it 1600 CL7 by yourself, instead of paying double for the ole factory to do it for you. It doesnt matter really though..