System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > watching movies / shows > browsing the net
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'll be buying from arc.com.au - they assemble the systems, test and ship out
Country of Origin: Australia
Parts Preferences: A good 24" gaming monitor
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, it depends on the feedback you guys give for my video card option
Monitor Resolution: I'd like my monitor to have 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Budget needs to include monitor and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
I've come up with this so far and hoping for some critique. Primarily MMO gaming, I'll be getting BF3, Crysis 2, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 etc and I'm hoping to max it out at the above resolution.
CPU - Intel CORE i5 2500K/3.30GHz/6MB CACHE/LGA1155 CPU - no brainer
CPU cooler - Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler - best air cooling solution or maybe second
Motherboard - Asus P8Z68-V PRO - meant to be a good motherboard?
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws-X 8GB (4GB x 2) PC3 12800 (DDR3-1600) XL 9-9-9-24-2N 1.5v - they didn't have the 7-7-7 in stock
Graphics card - Asus GF GTX 580 DirectCU II - I'd really like opinions on the best option here whether 570 SLI, 6950 / 70 Crossfire or stick with the single 580. I hear SLI / Crossfire can cause some headaches?
HDD - 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black
Power supply - Corsair AX-850W ATX
Case - CoolerMaster HAF X 942
Monitor - Samsung 24" BX2450 LED
+ a LG Duallayer Blu-ray drive - I do plan on watching BR movies on it and they're pretty cheap
That list is entirely optional, I will be ordering tomorrow and that'd be my "default" items to order, so if you can't suggest anything better than that monitor (or anything else for that matter) for the price range I'd get that one. Sorry to confuse you.
Giving the system a quick once over I would say most of your choices are pretty spot on although I would ask if you feel comfortable putting your own system together because you could build what your talking about for less then 2300$ I'm not sure how much they are charging though. Two 6950/70 would really be over kill if you are planning to play mostly MMO's if you just want a a single card then the GTX 580 is a good choice. Although and some one might correct me here Two 6870's is faster then a 580 and cheaper so you might wanna think about that. I would keep in mind that although Multi cards can be nice if your gonna game at a high res you want a card with 2GB of on board memory , 2 x 1gb cards does not equal 2gb the same data is on both cards so with some very high settings and res you are gonna lose performance.
On the note of monitors that's a REALLY good price although I will say I too have heard about problems with the Hanns monitor. I have a triple monitor set up and there all Acer there fantastic values fairly priced and iv never had one lick of trouble with any of the three I have now and they are the only kind of monitors I recommend fr friends and family any more. Acer H274HL BMID 27-Inch Widescreen LCD Display - Black $289 on amazon and you might be able to get a better deal you lose a inch and pay about 40 more but you get much better quality in my experience.
I need 1200 vertical though, I wish I could get a 28" 1200 vertical LED and I'm not saying I'm a huge fan of Hanns-G, there are definitely some quality issues, but 1200 veritcal is huge difference for me. The panel is 3ms and 2nd gen has better contrast although nothing like LED backlit.
I wish ASUS/Viewsonic had a reasonably priced panel that supported > 1080. 1080 is great for movies, but not for development work and I prefer gaming in 1200, 16x10 is more natural aspect ratio I think.
I've owned a total of 4 of the Hanns-G I had 1 DOA, but Newegg replaced it free fo charge and I've had 1 die over 3 years of use. The first gen seemed to have capacitors issues, I have had no issues so far with 2nd gen.
They're pretty popular, but I don't know if they'll build it for you... I'm pretty sure they used to, but I can't see anywhere on their website? Might be worth an email.
Also... I have the BX2450. It's a solid screen does an amazing job displaying bright, vivid colours and has sharp image detail. Where it is not great (like many LEDs) is definition through blacks and dark areas. Anything that gets to within a certain level of black or dark colour, just flattens out completely (The screen is calibrated). You could imagine games like SC2 look spectacular, but for example Dead Space 2 was disappointing.