Hi everyone! I've been poking around here for a bit as I am gearing up to build my first computer. I'm very excited as I have enjoyed playing with internals in the past and am ready to make the jump into making the whole computer my own. Anyway, here is what I am looking for in this build. Any input/comments are welcome and appreciated.
Approx. purchase date: Mid June
Primary uses: Gaming, internet, Netflix. For games, I am looking to play WoW, Portal 2, Bad Company 3, and possibly a few others. More important than the games themselves is that I want the settings to be set very high on a 1920x1200 monitor
Parts not needed: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers
Country of origin: USA
Preferred website: Newegg, though I'm willing to bargain hunt a bit
Overclocking: Possibly down the road
SLI or Crossfire: Again, possibly down the road
Monitor resolution: 1920x1200
Additional information: For the moment, I am going to skip SSDs, as I think they are still a little overpriced per GB. I will also skip on a sound card. As for GPU, I have selected an AMD rig because I have a monitor already and it has a mini-display connector. I am also looking into wireless adapters as the modem and router in the house are not in the same room as this rig will be, but I need one that is reliable and provides decent speeds. Also, the Corsair Graphite 600t is pretty much non-negotiable. I have fallen in love with the case (or like it as much as anyone can like a case, I think) and am willing to pay a bit of a premium for it.
Anyway, input/suggestions/comments from some people with experience would be helpful!!!
My proposed rig:
Comes in around $1100 (before shipping and any available MIRs) which is great. Again, I am looking for general input as well as specific recommendations on wireless adapters. I would prefer that it not be USB, but if people here have had success with them I am open to those suggestions as well. Thanks!!!
Updated to add HDD
Update 2: New DVD, PSU
Upate 3: RAM upgrade to 8GB
And the wireless router is me planning on worst-case scenario, but I hope to move the router as I know wireless isn't ideal for gaming.
CF 6950's 2gb is really really really really pushing at it on that PSU.
Much less if you overclock ANYTHING.
The 2 gpu's take 509Watts at load. That leaves 140watts that the tx 650 is rated at. The processors another 100. 40 watts for everything else really isn't enough in a worst case scenario; you are meant to leave 100watts - The HDD will spin around 20 watts max too..
I'd really have to recommend the HCG 900watter - Its great and will run your 6950's with around 250watts to spare. You can get the 750W TX for $100, but the hcg 900 got better scores in jonnyguru's review, and is only $10 more, and 150watts more too.
We here can't really recommend anything under 750 watts- 700 is pushing it, for 2x 6950's 2gbs. Especially with overclocking in mind. If you want a psu greater than 650 watts, then you ought to get the hcg900 - Terrific deal at the $110 price.
Updated first post with HDD as well as new DVD and PSU.
Excellent input. vibhas, thank you for the power ratings and AznShinobi for the build guides.
mjmjpfaff- I would ideally move the router and modem as I do have a cable hookup in the room where the computer will live. But I am not sure my roommate (who also happens to be my landlord) would want them moved, so I am just looking at alternative solutions for the moment.
1600 you will not have any noticeable diffeerence at all in the memory. 8GB is typically the best because you have more RAM to archive/file create with. I would recommend going 8GB if you can even 1333 would be good. Typically 1333 is good enough.
OK I think I will go with 8GB. Seems worth it for longevity's sake and allows me to max out at 16 instead of 8 without having to trade RAM in. I also decided to stay with 1600 sticks because once I made the upgrade the relative price between 1333 and 1600 is negligible.
Another question I thought of last night: is an uninterrupted power supply worth the investment or do your run-of-the-mill surge protectors offer sufficient protection for the computer?
$80 for 8GB of 1866MHZ RAM. The cheapest 1333MHZ 8gb of ram you can find online isn't much cheaper than that, and well.. this RAM is the equivalent of the "X" series - Its not the lowest tier g.skill ram. I'd really have to recommend this ram.. and you ought to order it now before they up the price/out of stock.