1TB Western Digital WD1003FBYX RE4 Enterprise, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 64MB Cache, NCQ Hard Drive.
Coolermaster Storm Scout Mid Tower Black Case
Sony DRU-880S, Black, 24x DVD±R, 12x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, RAM x12, SATA,Retail Labelflash (just cheap one as wont be using for DVD watching etc).
I am aware of intel's issues with the motherboards (hence the rev 3 board) and hoping they have now sorted this with the revised chipset.
I will use this PC for warcraft and general FPS and also for my work that will be starting with a Computer Science degree so looking for something to last so I can do everything. Just wondering is this a good start or a bit overkill, also money is not really an issue here but if I can save a few quid all the better. All suggestions and advice welcome as more of a software buff than hardware guru.
i5 2500K is all you'll ever need for at least the next 2 years (especially if you overclock it).
P8P67 B3, or revision 3, is going to be a great motherboard if you don't mind the fact that it only has one PCIE 2.0 x16 port. yes, you will be able to CrossFireX your 6950 if you want, but it will not be at optimal performance for both cards. it will run them at x8/x4 rather than the optimal x8/x8. If money doesn't really matter, go with P8P67 Pro or EVO for $30-$50 more. they both have more capable PCIE ports and they also pack in a few more features over the Standard P8P67. not to mention they look very nice. standard is very dull looking IMHO.
Corsair Vengeance: Make sure it is dual channel memory. its pretty much a waste of money if its not, nowadays.
if you are willing to spend a little bit more, go for any Corsair Dominator memory kit. the Dominator series has proven to be very good, fast, durable, and reliable. it is kind of expensive but you will not find better quality/price RAM anywhere else out there.
XFX 6950 2GB is good. the extra gig of VRAM will give you some breathing room on particularly GPU intensive games but there is no need for the extra VRAM if you are just going to be playing Warcraft and "general FPS". you will only need more than 1GB if you want/will ever want to play games like Crysis, GTA IV, Far Cry, Metro 2033 max settings including AA on 1080p to 2560x1600. as far as games like COD, CSS, Left For Dead etc. ,what i consider to be general FPS, 1GB version has got you covered.
you are not very specific on exactly which areas of computer science you will be studying, but if you will do video editing, 3D modeling, Photoshopping etc. 2GB does really come in handy
500W Corsair: 500W is probably justttttt enough to clear all those parts alone. you will also have to take into account your fans, cooling, LED's, overclocking, CrossfireX, and any other extra components you might add later on. try at least 650W. 750W if you don't want to buy a new PSU if/when you ever want to upgrade your computer.
there is a really good deal on a top end 750W XFX PSU on newegg. saves you about $60. (-$30 instant + -$30 MIR)
1TB WD HDD: hard drives are not really an area i am experienced in, but Western Digital is a good brand and it would be hard to go wrong with any of their hard drives
Cooler Master Case: Any case from Cooler Master is good. just make sure it is large enough to fit all your parts. I always like to get full tower cases when purchasing a case just to be sure theres enough room for sufficient cooling. HAF X or HAF 932 is another good option if you want a full tower.
Sony DVD drive: any DVD drive is acceptable. you could even probably salvage one from an old PC if you want to save some money.
Do NOT use Dominator RAM that maxmax suggested. You need 1.5v spec RAM, and that Vengeance fits the bill. If you run 1.65v RAM you risk frying the CPU's memory controller and Intel won't cover it because 1.65v is out of specification. Someone else on these forums is finding that out the hard way today...
That 500W power supply is a bit weak. I'd suggest a Corsair 650HX or TX650 V2.
That hard drive is an enterprise version and meant for 24/7 usage. If you normally power your machine on only when you are using it, that drive isn't a good idea.
Fine. Get whatever RAM. Don't cry on the forums when you fry the CPU and Intel tests it to determine what happened and they say the warranty is null and void because 1.65v RAM is out of specification. As I said in my last post, someone else on the forums is having this very problem.