This is going to be my first build, and any assistance or advice is greatly appreciated. Primary use will be for flight simulators (DCS A-10C, Microsoft FSX).
I would like to allocate $1000 to the build of the actual PC. I am also interested in a new monitor, but it is not immediately required.
Approximate Purchase Date: This week.
Budget Range: $1000 US for the Computer. However, any money saved is great, and could be put to other new items (monitor, flight stick, etc). I do not need a fancy case, just one that will support my needs.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet browsing, school work.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (although I would like to replace my current one in the near future).
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, or Microcenter.
SLI or Crossfire: One card for now, but would like the ability to do this in the future.
Monitor Resolution: Not sure. Would like to replace my current monitor with something ~24"
Graphics Card: Need input here. Looking along the lines of GTX 560Ti or an ATI 6950. I'm not partial to either company. I would like one card for now, with the ability to add a second later. I've never overclocked before, but would be open to it for increased performance.
Case: Need input. I'm not sure what features I need. I do not care about aesthetics or glass windows, just something that will be functionally sound.
Power Supply: Need Input. Would like something that could support future Xfire or SLI use.
Thermaltake Toughpower XT TPX-775M 775W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply GeForce GTX 470 Certified http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $70 AR
the haf 912, antec 300 illusion, and rosewill challenger are the go-to cases for cheap functionality, although there are plenty of others.
the hd6950 2gb and gtx 560 ti are both great cards and there are strong arguments for either. The card mj linked would be my 6950 2gb choice as well. For gtx 560 ti, id probably go with: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
for its low price, dual fans, 900mhz factory overclock, and EVGA brand name.
the hyper 212+ includes thermal paste. its a great cooler for the price, but if you are looking for even lower temps, get a better cooler, not paste.
the antec hcg-750 and corsair 750tx v2 are both excellent power supplies, the antec is cheaper.
I am leaning towards the haf-912, the 9650 2gb, and the Antec hcg-750.
Should I upgrade to a better cooler? I'll scratch the thermal paste off the list. Do I need to upgrade fans?
edit: I do plan to overclock the cpu, and would like to control the excess heat as necessary.
The GTX 570s do have enough power for most games excluding Metro 2033 (thats an evil game to run). I have one GTX 570 and it is plenty of power to run all of my games (Crysis, BFBC 2, STALKER, etc @1080p)