First time PC build here and I'm looking for advice / comments on my current build ideas. I'm looking into building a moderately high end gaming pc (~$2000 - 2500) with 2 21"-23" monitors at at least 1920X1080. New games should be run at top graphic specs if possible.
My current plan is to not OC yet, but to OC the PSU and GPU and maybe RAM later on in the lifecycle to increase the lifespan.
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 Series SATA III Solid State Drive, 120GB http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX33366(ME).aspx
Nothing but rave reviews for having windows and main programs installed on an SSD. I feel 120GB should give me MORE than enough room considering it isn't my main storage drive. Is there a major difference between the agility series and the vertex series?
Case Fans: Need 4x120mm fans for the case, am probably going to settle for some cheap silent ones.
Water cooling: I will eventually, 1-2 years from now, install water cooling, replacing some of the above fans and cpu cooling.
PSU: Corsair HX 750W Power Supply w/ 140mm Fan http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX24570(ME).aspx
Recommended to me, but am not sure if it's a good one or not. The 750W seems like a good number for me though? Final PSU choice must be able to handle addition of Water cooler. Any further upgrade and I might bite the bullet and buy a new PSU.
I believe that's the whole picture. Let me know if I'm forgetting anything. Are there any:
-Blatant flaws in this design?
-Subtle flaws in this desgin?
-Recommendations to improve upon the design?
-Answers to any of my above queries.
SSD is great
HDD's are expensive. Look into the Samsung Spinpoint F3's. They are much faster due to denser platters. And 6.0Gb/s is another cash grab on hard drives. This doesn't matter unless it's with an SSD.
I would get a better cooler. The Zalman 11X seems to be one of the best up and coming coolers, with the "highest density fin array" ever.
For the cooler, I've currently switched it to the Corsair H50.
The zalman 11x looks FANTASTIC, but it's pretty pricey and considering the H70 outperforms the 11x as per http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/zalman_cnps11x_extreme... , I'm going to stick with the cheap Corsair H50 until I start OC'ing my system.
Look at Directcanada.ca and ncix.ca. Both offer excellent prices and free shipping!
The Gigabyte has a UEFI I believe. As does the ASRock.
And the H70 is a watercooler, so of course it ourperforms the 11x. Corsair names their coolers with an H for hydro and A for air. That might clear up a bit of confusion.
And if you want a cheap cooler, check out the Scythe mudgen 2100 and the Hyper 212+. They cool better than the a50 I believe.
That should give you a bit to think about.
Didn't know about DirectCanada.ca. They do have pretty good prices. I was familiar with NCIX, but find most of their products are overpriced. Why can't these websites be as easy to use (easy search functions, good product descriptions etc.) as newegg...
DirCan has an ASRock. Now I'm torn as to which mobo I should get
Going to take a closer look at the gigabyte version and make a decision then.
I understood that the H70 was a watercooler, but also that it is a 'bottom' tier one that is really only on par with the top level air coolers. Price wise, I like the better performance of the H50, but more importantly, I know that it will be easy to install (i.e. ram and cpu cooler wont be interfering with eachother).
Doing some further reading into the H50/H70, the best config for it is to have the fan as an intake, blowing more hot air into the pc case. I think I might opt for a more expensive air cooling solution now (Yay changing my mind!). While writing this post, I went to the Zalman site and saw that while they don't sell the zalman x11 in Canada... they do have the noctua NH-D14. I deliberating between the D14 and the Silver Arrow 4, which is more easily bought from DirCan.