Hi I am wondering if this is a good build and is it worth the money? Any flaws in the build? It will be used mainly for gaming(SC2, BFBC2 and when they come out BF3, Diablo 3 etc..) and for school (CAD software.) ATM I do not know how to build a PC by myself so a Pre-built PC with a 3 year warranty would work best for me. Any opinions would be great, I'm looking to buy in the next few days. Thanks
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Also, should I get the extra case fans or do you think the stock ones will do?
PRICE - $1448
CARE1:Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
CARE2:CoolerMaster Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation [+10]
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Looks like a massive ripoff to me, they are charging you extra for things like packaging it properly and wiring it properly. Also that power supply is just so far beyond overkill. 450W would probably cover it, maybe 500W because of the overclocks. Even if you added another GPU it would still only need around 650-700W. I think you could build a better system for $1000 if you learned it yourself, i really would recommend it because it's not as hard as it may seem.
Just as an example of what you can get for that price:
Intel Core i7-2600k - $314.99
2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600Mhz - $57.99
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $59.99
MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 570 (Fermi) - $349.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - $184.99
Seasonic SS-850HT 850W - $119.99
Cooler Master HAF X - $169.99
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - $99.99
Corsair HS-1 Headset - $94.99
DVD Burner - $20
Total Before Rebates and Shipping - $1472.91
It is missing the sound card and water cooling but there is a reason for that. USB headsets don't use sound cards, they have built in ones. So just buy a decent USB headset and youre set. With the water cooling there are 2 reasons. You don't really need it unless youre overclocking and youre not going to need to do that for a couple of years, i would just buy the cooling then. Also, i hear bad things about Cyberpower Water Cooling.
Ok I took some of your suggestions and modified my build. Ive been watching some videos on how to build a rig myself and I think Im gonna give it a try. It doesn't look to difficult. What do you think?
I don't know for sure but i would say that RAM probably wouldn't fit under that heatsink. Possibly think of a Corsair H50 or something instead, water cooling may seem scary but the Corsair units are ready made kits, you just plug and play. This way your RAM can be as tall as you want. Alternatively you could get different RAM, Corsair XMS3 or Vengeance LP perhaps. Or any other low profile RAM, don't worry i don't work for Corsair lol.
Something else i will say is, if you do a lot of CAD and stuff i would get the i7 over a CPU cooler. This is because youre not going to need to overclock yet anyway, get the cooler when you actually need to overclock in my opinion. If you don't do much CAD though the i5 is fine.
I had a feeling It wouldn't fit with my fan by some other reviews. You say the corsairs are plug and play? Do I have to add water to it regularly? Oh and as far as the i7 goes..I don't do a whole lot of CAD right now(just what im doin for school) so its MAINLY for gaming with CAD on the side(i have an i7 toshiba laptop as well that i could use for CAD if the i7 is better suited for it).
This is probably a dumb question but, in SLI with 2 video cards, do you need to run 2 monitors or can you run dual video cards on 1 monitor?
Alright cool that corsair sounds nice. Will save me room in my case, probably be quieter, and still get me what I need. I think I am going to upgrade the PSU so later on down the line Ill get another 570 in SLI. With overclocking and dual 570s in SLI, would a 750 or 850 watt PSU be better?
Think a decent quality 750W would be fine but personally i'd go 850. That Seasonic 850W drive i mentioned earlier looks like great value, Seasonic are widely accepted as one of the very best PSU brands and its 80 plus silver.