Hello all. I've visited the forums for over a year and am finally ready to build my new PC. I've done a bit of research, and am happy to accept any advice anyone can offer. If you do offer advice over something I chose please provide a reason why a part is better than another; half the fun of building a pc for me is getting my knowledge level back up. (computer science major back in the day) Thanks!
Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: ~1500, no set budget
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, very light photoshop/vid editing, standard usage
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitors, software
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: prefer intel + nvidia, somewhat quiet system overall is preferred
Overclocking: Yes (light OC'ing to start, then more as I get comfortable)
SLI or Crossfire: To start no, but in the future or if I decide to try out surround then yes
Please let me know of any problems you see with this build. The only upfront questions I had were is it relatively easy to OC the gpu I chose, and with this rig/powersupply would it be relatively quiet? Thanks!
^+1. I buy a lot of stuff from Amazon since they ship for free (I have a free year of Prime as well... )
I also agree with the different motherboard. If you have the money, I'd also recommend the UD4; it's a great board, has all the features of the Extreme4, but has a better warranty and better layout of the ports (I have 2 PCI, 1 PCIE x1 and 1 PCIE x16 devices, with room for a second GPU w/o moving anything). The UD3 is newer, I believe (wasn't out when I was upgrading 3-4 weeks ago), but probably competes with the Extreme4 well.
I'd personally get a different SSD. Intel and OCZ use the better Sandforce controllers, which have better speed, reliability, and firmware. Get the Intel 320 3rd Gen, 510, or OCZ Vertex 3 series drives. They'll be in the same price range(ish).
mjmjpfaff - I grabbed the blueray player because I currently dont have one, and planned on using my pc as my movie center and hooking it up to my 52 inch lcd tv. Any reccomendation on a different one? Can you post a link to the reference one card you mentioned? I had originally debated going that route, but I wasnt sure which cards were easily flashable now. With the 6950, are those oc'able as well? Havent done much research on that yet.
Why_me and boiler - thanks for the mb and hd suggestions. I'll take a look at both. I was using toms review on the ssds which is how I originally found it.
Any other reccomendations? I'm curious if anyone else has had bad luck with the HAF series, as well as if my PSU should be sufficient for everything with dual cards. Thanks!