Needed a computer (we gave away our old Dell from 2002) for my wife, who is starting a master's program. I seized the opportunity to throw in a few hundred dollars more and build a gaming rig for BF3 (currently playing BF:BC2 on PS3 and really would like to experience it w/ 64 players, 1080p, etc.) Coincidentally, my launch PS3 just died (YLOD), so after much research, decided on these components. I will eventually SLI sometime next year after the newer cards release. I wanted a build that would be somewhat future proof and not regret 'skimping' while still trying to find value. Build was solely through NewEgg. Got $30 mir on the GPU and $60 mir on the PSU, mouse came bundled w/ the case for free. I'll probably get a better keyboard in future. Let me know what you think.
PROCESSOR: Core i5 2500K LGA 1155
MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
yeah. I looked at the LEPA, however I couldn't pass up the Enermax at $139 after discount and rebate. retails at $239. I looked at some 850watters, but for whatever reason (supercautious), '900' was stuck in my craw. that LEPA is a fine 850 watter for $120, though.
yeah great build. any feedback on that storm enforcer? looks like a great case but i havent heard anything from an owner.
haven't built it yet. i'll pick up at will-call tomorrow and post feedback. i saw a complete video review of the storm enforcer on some site, was impressed w/ the build quality, finishing touches and the little ergonomic extras that the case designers thought of. this will be my first homebuilt, a little nervous. did all the research on the components, now have to put it together.
i agree that the case is a little bit aggressive in styling but I looked at it at Microcenter and it's not too far 'out there'. I really liked that it is super roomy inside, has the inside 'finished' with the same color and has a side view window so I can look at the innards (I know some don't care about that but I'm vain). As far as the cooler goes, I'm pretty conservative and am not likely to push the CPU past 4.3, would rather not overclock the GPU's (will SLI). Again, this is my first build so I'm not quite ready to go extreme on the OC stuff.
Hey - quick question to anyone out there... does it matter if I mount my SSD and HDD right on top of each other in adjacent slots? should I leave a 1 slot gap for better heat dissipation? I know the SSD doesn't have any moving parts, but not sure if the HDD will be better if there's nothing next to it since I will have so many extra slots.