CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666), (but maybe I only need 4GB?)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
While I have opened the case and put parts in and taken parts out, I am definitely in the novice category. This will be my first upgrade/build. Please be gentle.
I think I have an unlimited budget, my wife does not. She keeps an eye on the credit card bills, so try not to get me in trouble.
I have been reading with interest the suggestions made by the responders to VERY Novice (1st Time Builder) Please help! for Dardore. I must say the generosity of time and the well reasoned responses makes me confident I have come to the right place to seek advice.
Good first draft you have there! It needs a few changes, but not bad...
First thing I'm going to point out is, those video cards just won't get the job done. I would suggest something like a HIS H695FN2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit
It will give you a HUGE boost to gaming, and would round off the rest of your system.
The next obvious thing is the power supply. You really don't need 750w unless you want to crossfire or SLI some real mean cards. Do you have plans to use high end dual vid cards?
Your 9600gt's may work, but they will be a bottleneck to the rest of the system. I would really suggest a better card, as the one's you have would limit the performance of the machine. Your call though.
And I must suggest a different case. the one you picked, will, It's giving me an evil glare lol.
check out the COOLER MASTER HAF 912 It's a simple design, but it's got glowing reviews and a ton of space and cooling.
Hope this helps!
Edit: I hope you noticed the difference between the ram i suggested and the ram you chose. The one I recommend is 1600MHz, which will offer a small performance boost.