This is a new computer I'm going to build, probably this week. I've done a whole week of research of the new tech that has already come out (not waiting for the newer tech to come out) and decided this is the time I should replace my 2 1/2 year homebuilt PC I currently have.
So basically, I'm kinda limited to a few options I've chosen and also cause by lack of stock. Currently I'm not living in the U.S. so as much as I want to order parts from NewEgg I can't.
Prices that I post are subject to some rounded up $ conversion (prices are a bit higher), so at least it will help as a guide to compare between the different product models.
Thermaltake V9 (The one with docking) - $125
Thermaltake V6 - $100
Thermaltake Element G - $165
CoolerMaster HAF 922M - $175
Would rather prefer one with USB 3.0 front ports, though I could live with it. Don't really mid the extras such as the HDD/SDD docking on top of some cases.
i7 2600 - $ 315
i5 2500 - $ 215
Basically the "k" editions are out of stock...If I could I would probably aim for the upgrade. If it's not possible tell me if it's still worth it getting one ''k'' less edition and getting it overclocked to some point. If I were to own a "k" edition one I wouldn't overlock it to its possible max settings.
I could actually find different manufacturers at the same price. The thing I actually want to sort out is whether run single or dual video cards based on these ranged of products. I've found that 6800 series Crossfire work really well, I would need someone to confirm this to me. Around $300-$400 is my budget for videocards.
if this is a gaming computer then sure the 2500 is powerful enough and you will see little or no gain from the 2600
You could just buy a P67 mb for gaming
As for a video card . your first choice is your monitor . Theres no point buying a massively powerful gfx card to run a low resolution monitor . Use the charts section of this site and reviews you google to make a choice based on your budget, the games you will play, and the resolution you will play at
If you are only using one gfx card then 750 watt is overkill . 650 watt is overkill even but it does give you head room
8 gig of RAM wont improve game performance either , over 4 gig
Cooler Master Haf 922
i5 (plenty of power)
I would check out some reviews on the Gigabyte z68xp UD3-issd since that seems pretty decent especially with the ssd
The 6870s are pretty good in crossfire. I have a GTX570 and it kicks ass.
Definitely go for the Corsair. I have a 750W one and its is a beast.
I would stay away from the 5900 rpm (green) drives from Seagate as they have high failure rates. For with the 1 TB 7200 rpm one
You probably would want an aftermarket cpu cooler and a great one that doesn't break the bank is the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ and it retails for around $30 in the US.
Should I get the Ati 6850/6870 CF or a single Ati 6970/Nvidia 560. I'll run dual monitors and I want it to be smooth enough to be running, lets say a game in one monitor and a movie in another one. (Both are 1920*1080 res. screens)
If I get a single videocard, I will probably not going to crossfire/sli in the the future because I usually replace the series with a newer one. So basically I'm aiming for price/performance for my dual monitor setup.
Need some more advice today, because tomorrow I'll probably be buying the parts.