I'm helping a friend build a computer (only built one for myself last year with great support of the community here and he never built anything).
Approximate Purchase Date: in about 2 weeks
Budget Range: 1,500 USD before rebates. May be able to stretch it just a bit
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Maya/Photoshop (graphics/animation as well) software, gaming, everyday use
Parts Not Required: monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: US (NYC)
Parts Preferences: I am personally partial to intel CPU's (I'm looking at i7 2600), and Corsair power supplies and Corsair case (but case brand can be changed to fit into budget). I personally liked ASUS mobo's but that is also not a must. Also, thinking this should be a nvidia GPU but we need to discuss what's better for graphics and 3rd modeling and animation software.
Overclocking: Somewhere between seriously doubt it and when hell freezes over
SLI or Crossfire: Not in the budget and probably no need for a while
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (possibly 1920x1200 not 100% sure but i think that's moot at these resolutions since he uses a 23 inch samsung monitor)
Additional Comments: Now, this is his first build so i want to impress him. I'm thinking of using the 600T case with a window (650D if i can fit it into budget) so i want to add a little bit of bling (i'm thinking like a couple of led strips but i'll figure that part out myself). This will be a Win 7 build for someone who is not a hardcore techie (i like to call him a Luddite really haha). I haven't had time to really look at any parts but here are some and by some i mean the cpu all of you know:
THanks for the reply. I knew I forgot something. DATA HDD will be a WD Caviar Black 1TB but I heard good things about Spinpoints too. And yes, it will definitely be the locked 2600 since he will never overclock. And I'm thinking maybe putting in an air cooled aftermarket solution instead. But overall this looks great! Thanks again!
Interesting. So, it would seem nothing new in cooling solutions has come out in over a year then since the argument for 212+, megahalem and noctua as being top of the line in their respective price ranges stands. Good to know.
There are other solutions but with price drops of the hyper 212 I think its still doing well Also just another point. If your not gonna get a SSD I don't think there is any point of the z68 motherboard and if you know you won't be OC I think a H67 board would be good but do get other people's advice