This is my first time posting. I'm going to be ditching my 5 year old PC and building a new one. I haven't been following computer trends lately and I would like your advice in choosing the correct components.
Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next week
Budget Range: 1200 target/1500 max
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, programming, using Altium and solidworks for PCB design, watching movies, internet and email.)
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, optical drive.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, recommendations are welcomed.
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: No preference
Overclocking: Yes, this will be my first time.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I'm looking for a build that is upgradable.
those 2 cases are good with airflow you are thinking of the 800d. i do think the nzxt phantom is the way to go though. 750w psu is enough for 6950 cf. get the corsair tx/hx750 they are both great choices. as for cpu cooling go with the scythe mugen 2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . get a intel 320 series 80gb ssd put your os and most used applications (like games) for faster loading times. i dont know if programming uses over 4 cores if it does get the 2600k and if it doesnt the 2500k. and the 6950 is the way to go.
+1 for the i5 2500k, there is hardly a difference that its better for you to save your money or invest into a good cooler. I still like the HAF 932, as it is old but websites offer good prices of it and it still has great airflow
I own the Raven RV02 (NOT the RV02-E) and love it. It's a nice looking case with an ingenious design. I would also suggest looking at the RV03 which should be out about now and for about the same price. They redesigned the internals and added the newer AP181 fans.
I was in your shoes a month or two ago. I upgraded from GTX 470s and was considering the GTX 560Ti or the 6950. I decided to go with the 6950 due to its better performance at higher resolutions (namely 1920x1080 and up), and it's been great. If you get a reference 2GB model, you might be able to unlock it to a 6970 and get more performance out of it.
Solid RAM and a good price. Can't really go wrong.
Cooling: I am clueless as to what aftermarket cooler is good.
If you're just gaming for the time being and not sure about overclocking, the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ would be a great pick. It's a great cooler and only runs ~$30 on Amazon.com (+ free shipping). It also handles OCs really well; over 4.5GHz in a good case.
I'm not sure about getting and ssd right now, is there an advantage to them besides faster level loading and boot times?
Depending on the size of the drive, you could get a better feel out of your system. A ~120GB drive should be able to hold your OS, Solidworks, and maybe a couple of games, which would load noticably faster than if they were on a platter drive. It doesn't make a huge difference for games, but it does for the bigger programs.
Thanks for the help guys. Yeah, I was originally going with an i5 but one of my friends is selling me an i7 cheaper than retail so I might go with that. I know I said I didn't like the HAF cases but I am reconsidering my stance on it. It seems they are excellent cases for air cooling. What HAF case would you guys recomend? I will look into the SSD and see if I can get a good deal on one.
The HAF X or 932 (full towers) are definitely the best ones, but even the 922 and 912 (mid towers) are very large, have good airflow, and have a lot of the more "premier" options (cable routing, toolless installation, etc).