Hi, I recently just got a job in the videogame design industry and I am looking to further my skills in graphic design and development plus I love me some gaming so I built this rig on Cyberpower.com and I just wanted to see what people thought of it and, if I could do things differently, what I should have done.
I was going for a mid-range, quieter, long-term gaming/work/life PC (as this is my first custom build and I'm a recent college-grad so I'm a little strapped for $$$). Anyways, it ended up costing $1,354 with $113 in taxes (I'm from California) and $75 in shipping. I checked the cost of all of the individual components thoroughly and I think I did pretty well for myself, what do you guys think? Thanks!
CyberPower X58 Configurator (NO MONITOR)
CAS: NZXT H2 Classic Silent Mid-Tower Gaming Case [+38] (BlackColor [+0])
CD: Sony 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [+3] (BLACK COLOR)
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-960 3.20 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366
CS_FAN: Default case fans
FAN: * Thermaltake V1 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan (Excellent Overclocking + Silent Proof + Smart CPU & System Thermal Monitor) [+13]
HDD: 1.5TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+20] (Single Hard Drive)
KEYBOARD: * Thermaltake eSports Challenger Gaming Keyboard Black [+33]
MEMORY: 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module (Corsair or Major Brand)
MOTHERBOARD: (2-Way SLI Support) Asus Sabertooth X58 Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Mainboard Triple-Channel DDR3 FCLGA1366 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III, SATA-II RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI [+24]
MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
MULTIVIEW: Xtreme Performance in SLI/CrossFireX Gaming Mode Supports Single Monitor [+0]
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: None - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY
OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
POWERSUPPLY: * 650 Watts - Thermaltake TR2 RX Modular 80 Plus PSU - PN: TRX-650M [+83]
RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+118] (HIS IceQ X Powered by AMD [+28])
Looks good - however - you'd REALLY be better off with one of the new Intel chips! Look for a H67 / P67 motherboard with an i5-2500 or something like that, and 4-8gb of dual channel RAM.
It'll give you far more performance for the price you are paying.
Hmm, how much more performance are we talking? I mean the i-960 is like going for 280 now and the i5 is going for 200. I know the i7 doesn't have the sandy bridge processor, and that it has like 17% over the Nehalem processors, but is it possible to get like a real look on how much more performance I would be getting?