I am completely new to building computers. I am looking to replace my iMac with a new custom built windows PC. The iMac i had was the 27 inch top of the line 2011 model, but I sold it for $1600 to fund this new pc.
The first PC will have a max of a $1600 budget. I would however not mind spending a bit less. But I want a fast PC that will handle anything I throw at it. I have a 1080p 27 inch monitor. I have one question about that - I know the screen won't be as great as my old iMac, but will things appear fuzzy at 1080p at 27 inch? This is coming from 1440p BTW. I have a friend that will trade me his 24 inch 1080p monitor for mine, so if the 3 inches less means extra clarity I might go with it.
Whatever you decide on, do not get rid of that monitor. It's a terrific monitor and will do great with games. The cost of his build can be reduced by switching out the case to the $90 CM 922 which is a large case in it self and has great cooling. It lacks dust filters though that this Corsair down below doesn't. That board down below has a NF200 Bridge allowing dual cards to run @ x16 & x16 instead of the usual x8 & x8.
This build includes Windows 7, and is set up to add another one of those gtx 580's in SLI.
I am on a 28'' monitor at 1920x1200 and everything seems pretty clear to me to be honest. I think you will be fine. As for the build i would go with this:
Intel Core i5-2500k - $219.99
The obvious choice at the moment, awesome bang for your buck with gaming and will breeze through light video editing etc.
8GB Corsair XMS3 - $41.99
8GB because RAM is cheap and 16GB would be pointless for gaming. Corsair is also a good brand.
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 - $124.99
Good price on a good board, nice for overclocking and SLI/Crossfire.
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $59.99
Usual performance drive of choice, fast for the price with plenty of storage.
Crucial M4 128GB - $199.99
Probably the most reliable SSD around at the moment, still one of the faster ones too.
MSI Lightning Radeon HD 6970 - $386.99
Good choice of card, this is a particularly cool and quiet version.
Corsair TX-850M - $149.99
Good performance, quiet and modular. Enough power for another HD 6970 and any overclocking too.
Coolermaster HAF 932 - $149.99
Insane cooling and big enough for anything you want to throw at it.
Noctua NH-D14 - $75.87
Among the best cooling available and still pretty quiet.
Samsung DVD Burner - $19.99
Reliable brand and this has free delivery.
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - $99.99
Total - $1529.77 before shipping and rebates ($25)
First of all, I don't need windows 7 so we can cut a hundred off of that.
Second, what use will I get out of a $75 CPU Cooler? That seems a bit excessive to me. What kind of stable OC'ing could i get out of that?
Does the mobo here support ivy bridge and bulldozer for when it comes out?
And, What are the cons of going with the 922 instead of 932 for the case?
Lastly, I know that phenoms are relatively weak to sandy bridge when comparing clock to clock. I see that the bulldozers have fairly good clock speeds well above sandy bridge. Will the AMD Cpu be able to match intel clock for clock or will it be like the way it is now with a phenom 955 at 3.2ghz quad core barely matching a 3.3ghz dual core i3?