This will be my first PC build. I have never built a computer before, but it seems to be pretty easy. I have been doing a lot of research on PC parts, I would really like to get all your opinions on the items I chose. I will use this PC for mostly gaming and watching movies. A big priority of mine is being able to multi task, specifically: being able to play a game and download music/ movies/ burn movies to dvd at the same time w/o compromising the quality/performance of the game I am playing.
Approximate Purchase Date: After AMD bulldozer
Budget Range: about $1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, movies, and browsing
Country of Origin: US
Overclocking: I have never done this before, but after I build my PC I plan to do an extensive amount of research on this, so yes
SLI or Crossfire: yes, in the near future
Monitor Resolution: This is something i would like to get help on. I would like to spend at most $300. Please give recommendations on monitors. preferably on a 23'-27' monitor.
Additional Comments: I would like to get some recommendations on a computer case. I want to spend at most $150 on this. I would like a Sleek case, one with a window to check out my hardware, nothing that looks too aggressive. I REALLY like the way the corsair obsidian 800d looks, the only problem is that its too big an cost too much.
if you already bought these parts i would not feel too great about it since with that saved money you could of bought an ssd.
Thanks for the input. I have not purchased these parts yet. I intend in buying it after the AMD bulldozer comes out, in hope that the price of the i5 2500k will go down. The only reason i chose that MoBo is because it looks pretty cool (prob a bad choice to buy a product). Sweet now i can get a better gpu on the money I saved. Thanks a lot.
If anyone has any other suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated.
mj made some great suggestions.
prices change alot from day to day, so keep an eye out on prices.
For example, the HX850w is cheaper than the HX750w right now for whatever reason: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its always a great idea to post your build on here the day before you buy, as people may show you the best available deals. You may also want to buy some parts as they go on sale, but keep in mind that its easier to exchange parts within 30 days of purchase, and if you buy a mobo to far in advance, you wont be able to know if it works. After 30 days you have to exchange through the manufacturer instead of newegg.
That's the UD3P, which I'm assuming is 1 step up from the standard UD3 and will support CrossFire/SLI. You can also go with a standard UD3 if you want to save an additional 20 bucks but it won't have SLI support (not a problem if you're buying AMD cards).
As for overclocking, the 2500k is so easy to OC you don't need to do any research really. Multiplier can go up to 42 (4.2 GHz) without increases to the stock voltage. The upperlimit of my UD3 board was 4.8 GHz at 1.4v. I couldn't get it to stabilize past 4.8 in prime95 below 1.45v so I'm assuming that's the best you can do with it before the thermal stress becomes impractical. If you want higher clock speeds than 4.8 at a more reasonable voltage, I would recommend you dish out another $100 bucks for a mobo with better power control, like this
i already linked the same samsung hard drive but it was form amazon and 5$ cheaper. and good find on the vertex 2. i still think the z68's are not that great so i still think the p67 extrem4 is the way to go