Budget Range: $1,000 (Not afraid to go a bit over, but I'd like to stay under $1,200.)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Typical streaming, some animation in the future.
Parts Not Required: Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon
Country of Origin: New York City, USA
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: None, as long as it is of quality.
Overclocking: Yes / in the future. Never OC'ed a PC, but I like having the option
SLI or Crossfire: Yes / in the future. Again, I like having the option.
Monitor Resolution:1920x1080 Dell 23" LED Display
Additional Comments: My first custom-built PC, I've done lots of research, but there are still some things I'm unsure of. I want to future-proof it as much as I can, but I get a little overwhelmed by the amount of components, even after narrowing my search.
(I've used different PSU calculators and they've given me 450W to 510W, what do you think? Also, i realize using another GPU in SLI will need more power, but i don't think I'll be doing that for a long time.)
Total- $1,100(ish), many components are undecided.
I'm buying the OS on Amazon. It costs pretty much the same everywhere and theres no real debate to it. I just want a rig that can handle anything I throw at it and that will last. I do plan on gaming (Battlefield 3) but I want it to have diverse capabilities and to be easily upgradable.
I would get a Z68 motherboard from Gigabyte. I'm sure the rest will follow, but for now Gigabyte offers upgradebility to Ivy Bridge and PCI-E 3.0 with a simple bios update. Plus with Z68, you don't have to spend a lot for SSD thanks to Smart Response Technology!
Ok, I'm definitely getting the CM Hyper 212 Plus for overclocking.
I like the XFX 6950, I'll probably get that instead of the 560 Ti.
I'm incredibly torn on the motherboard though. I'd like to stick with a P67, but there are so many different ones with so many features I may or may not need! The ASUS one sadams04 recommends looks good, but will it support the fan controller on the case? (That is, if I'm getting my facts straight and it goes through the MoBo...again I'm new at this)
Also, would 550W be enough for all that? The case itself has 3 fans, plus the new CPU fan must use more power.
total: $1089.9 - if you selected both gtx 570 and asrock p67 mobo...
but will be cheaper if you take the open box for asus p8p67 mobo...
- i suggest that you take the asrock mobo as it has pcie 3.0 support which is compatible only with ivy bridge cpu(due to 2012 release) then you don't need to upgrade your mobo anymore if you want to upgrade to ivy bridge and a pcie 3.0 graphics card.... just a quick bios update and you're ready to go!!
- get the modular psu... full of semi... because it will make your build look cleaner...
you don't need to hide extra cables that you won't use... the xfx that i've picked may not be the best or the cheapest... but at $99.99... it's a good buy...
- for this type of build i hope that you will only use single graphics card as you need a bigger psu to do the job well...
- finally... the case that you chose good indeed... but... correct me if i'm wrong... i doubt that having only one 200mm intake fan and 120mm and 200mm fans as an exhaust can do the job well to cool the hardware... ecspecially the front fan blocked by the hdd cage... and since u willing to spend $170 on a case... i have a better choice... but it all depends on you... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
personally... i think this case cools like a champ....
overall... this is just my opinion...
sorry for typing 2 much...
Ah that Silverstone case is very sexy indeed...the internals are a little funky but I like it. I'll think about the asrock mobo, since it has pci 3.0 support it is very future-proof. I still have to consider Windows 7 and MS Office 2010...they easily tack on another $200...but without an OS its just an expensive paperwieght...and I don't like Linux...sigh. Anyway, thanks for the feedback. I have a better understanding and some solid choices now.