Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of May 2011
Budget Range: Preferably under $1500 CAD after rebates. Might be willing to foot an extra $300 after all is said and done if it means significantly better performance.
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
1) Home entertainment (we plan on using an HDMI cable to plug this sucker into our 55” LCD TV to stream movies)
2) Gaming (I plan on using some wireless controllers and hooking it up to the TV to play)
3) General use/internet surfing/downloading/etc
Parts Not Required: Speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX Canada
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: Maybe, but I’ve never overclocked before (currently on an AMD Phenom III rig and I haven’t bothered since I’ve used it less for gaming and more for schoolwork).
SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire, if you think it’s needed to run games, especially on a 55” LCD
Monitor Resolution: Doesn’t matter… I don’t think, anyways. Correct me if I’m wrong. : )
Additional Comments: A quiet PC would be nice, but mostly I just want this to run well for my family’s needs and to be somewhat ‘future-proof’ – ie, I don’t want to have to keep replacing things every couple years. If it’s going to be incredibly loud when we’re watching movies, that’s no good, but utter silence isn’t necessary.
Keyboard/Mouse: (Note - I needed a long-range wireless keyboard/mouse since the computer will be a large enough distance from the TV when we hook it up and so we need them to work more than a few feet from the tower) http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=44816
= approx $1400 after HST and a Western Digital Elements Desktop 2TB external HDD and a 25ft HDMI cable.
1) Do I really need to run in crossfire to get kickass graphics for HD movies and games on our TV, or is there a less expensive alternative that would support current-gen and future-gen PC games?
2) Is 700w going to be adequate power?
3) Will the cooling fan be enough if we do ever decide to overclock this? Would overclocking on this setup be difficult for an OC noob like myself? I’ve never worked with liquid cooling before so I’d prefer to stick with air cooling, unless it won’t be enough.
4) Is the Noctua fan necessary or should I go with the cooler master? Are they very loud? Do I even need a fan? Will I need fans if I overclock
and in the future decide to run another 6950 in crossfire?
I’ve only ever put together one other computer – ie, the one I’m currently using – and I’m not exactly well-versed in computer parts save for what I’ve researched. Any suggestions either to improve the price or overall reliability/functionality of this build would be much-appreciated!
I just noticed that the Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower case is on sale: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=21123&vpn=NINE%20HUND...
I had been thinking about purchasing this case when I made my current computer but the price was out of my budget. Would this be worth it over the Coolermaster in terms of air flow/price/etc?
The size of the monitor is not important , but the resolution is . Thats the total number of pixels the graphic card will have to calculate and draw. The bottom line is that the monitor and tv will both be 1080p and have the same frame rates .
The build is fine as it is , but as always there are alternatives .
You can game really well at 1080p with a single graphics card . Two is enthusiast territory . Id buy one to start with and then see if its doing what you need it to .
Good to know that I have some leg room with the PSU as-is and the graphics card situation. I'll definitely just start out with one.
However, I've been curious about Crossfire for a while now, though -- how much of an improvement in graphics quality would I see running two 6950s vs one? And to play all the latest / upcoming games on highest settings, will the 6950 be fine? I'm not opposed to spending ~$250 on a gpu. I spent a tonne on mine when it first came out and I don't regret it!
the 6950 is a very good card and it will run the newest games very well. an 80gb ssd with your os and most used applications willl give more time to the rest of your life because you will have shorter loading times. i am running my 2500k right now at 4.5ghz around stock temps with the hyyper 212 plus.