Hi all, I've been looking at building a new pc for about 4 months now. I finally have the time to build something over the next three weeks before university classes start for me. This will be my first build, but i am eager to learn and love doing the research!
Approximate Purchase Date: before August 31
Budget Range: Around 1000 - 1200$ CND Definitely not above! ideally under 1099.99, it'll make me feel better
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming - BF3,SC2, media centre paired with xbox, school work (msword)
Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.ncix.com, there's also a Canadacomputers down the street from me.
Country of Origin: Waterloo, Canada
Parts Preferences: Intel, slight nvidea preference. Asus mobo (i like the looks of UEFI)
Overclocking: Yes, CPU to around 4.0ghz. But i won't be doing this until i buy an aftermarket heatsink, not part of my budget right now.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, SLI around November 1st when Bf3 comes out. Not included in current budget.
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080, between 22'-24'. Haven't purchased yet. not included in the budget. open to suggestions, but again it's in addition to the 1000-1200 budget
Additional Comments: I like the new tempest 410 Elite case, but i can't find it for sale anywhere. I like the clear side panels, front panel usb 3.0. matching interior colour, and wire management is a must. Full towers really seem too big.
So thats my build so far. I used price matching on ncix and got a total of 996 before tax, 1125 with tax. That doesn't include the Case right now, since i can't find the one i want. Also the 560 ti hawk gives me free shipping on the whole order which is really nice!
So i have a couple Q's with the overall build, primarily regarding the PSU. with a future 4.0ghz cpu overclock, sli 560 ti hawks, possibly liquid cooling, a front panel fan control, sound card, and cable tv card, what psu will be best for me? I'd also like to be able to use matching cables, to try and get some nice cable management going, espeically if i have a case with a see through side panel.
Is the antec earthwats 750w good enough? Wats wise, and quality wise?
My other question is regarding the 560 ti hawk. I've read a lot of great stuff about it, and it's a little more expensive than i'd like but i guess i get my money's worth with the free shipping and 25$MIR. that brings it to around 245$ Any comments on this are appreciated, but please don't suggest anything thats more expensive. i already pushed past the 560 ti twin frozer, up to this.
Oh and i have a radeon 9600 xt, 256mb ddr card in a box. it's ages old, (my upgrade to play bf2) but is there any use for it until i get my second GPU? i don't really know much about physx
If i have missed anything please let me know! if there are any obvious incompatibilities, pleaaaaase let me know!
Thank you to all who respond! i appreciate your suggestions and patience
seems like it's a pretty loud card. anyone have personal experience with it?
thanks for the PSU suggestion, it seems a little higher quality.
Whats your reasoning behind the mobo?
What you plan on using the pc for, how high you plan on o/c, etc.. that board fits your purpose. The Asus Z68 Pro-V is a hose job seeing how the Asus Z68V is the same 16+2 SLI supported board. Same with paying extra for a factory o/c card when it takes but a few seconds to o/c it. But no, I don't have that particular 560.
i would like to overclock up to about 900-950mhz. Is it easy to do with an EVGA card? does it void the warranty?
I think i'll step down from the 560 ti hawk to the twin frozr II and overclock it myself, just like Why_Me suggested. With afterburner that should be a cinch right? http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=61240
i also added the antec high current 750w psu. so that added a little, while the gpu took it down. same place overall budget wise.
I guess i should look at downgrading my board. i was attracted to the ASUS boards because i heard you can get a really good overclock out of it. plus the Bluetooth would allow me to get wireless keyboards and stuff.
what I see happening more and more is as you overclock GPUs, even if you only need to add a little voltage to keep it stable, it increases your temps and your total power draw a LOT, and gives marginal performance boosts, if any.
thanks for all your help. i ended up sticking with the 560 ti hawk, since it was such a good price (235$) and saved me another 20$ in shipping.
I also used the antec 750w high current, bought the segate drive and actually got it for 49.99.
I ended up going with the p67 ud4 mobo from gigabyte (129.99 after MIR) so that seemed to be the best deal.