System Usage from Most to Least Important: Pretty exclusive to gaming and your typcially web surfing. Gaming would include Battlefield 3, Diablo III, and The Old Republic when they come out.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, headset
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: New to this, but NewEgg seems very popular and reasonably priced
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences:I have no allegiance to anyone Video Card Brand
Overclocking: I would like to try it
SLI or Crossfire: I understand this makes for better graphic card performance, so yes
Monitor Resolution: I actually have a Samsung LN32B650 HDTV as my monitor so I think the max resolution is 1920 x 1080? Not exactly sure though.
Additional Comments: I have always bought OEM Dells prior to this point. My computer desk has a built in area for a tower where my current one sits. I did get a liquid cooling Dell prior to this one, although not sure that was really necessary as I did not do any overclocking etc. It does not provide a lot of space for airflow, so should I look at liquid cooling? The built in area is only open in the front, with both sides and back being full wood panels that also serve as desk supports. One side is against the wall as well. Thus, I do not want to cut out large holes in them, not would the side facing the wall benefit from any hole cut into it.. The back does have a small cut out for cables.
I have been trying to read all about doing this and have read a bunch of forum posts. But please forgive me if my questions appear noobish, as they really are! I am rather excited to build my own and am wanting to do it so I only have to upgrade certain parts down the road instead of the whole computer each time. But I have already ordered a few parts that I thought were a pretty good start. They are as follows:
After reading some additional forum posts it appears the general conclusion is the Core i5-2500k is just as good as the Core i7-2600k when it comes to gaming? If so, then I can save the $100 and get the Core i5-2500k. Although, CompUSA advertised, in Sunday October 16th paper ad and the online local ad, the Core i7-2600k for $219.99 so I thought why not if they are the same price. However, I went to the store and they told me it was a typo!
I also realize I bought much more power supply then needed, but it was on sale and only $230 after rebates.
So advice needed or just overall confirmation if I am on the right track:
Core I5-2500k or Core I7-2600k? Yes, I would like to try overclocking!
Video Card - It appears dual GTX 580s in SLI mode are outperforming some of the comparable Radeon cards in crossfire mode, but not sure I am ready to put $1,000 on the video cards but can bump the budget if this is a must. At the moment I do not have plans of a multiple monitor set up, but may want to do that down the roads as well. So this is my biggest area of needed advice. I am really not up to speed on all the ins and outs of the tweaked cards like Sapphire or EVGA. Just see that the prices can fluctuate almost $100 between GTX 580 cards. My other question is why is a card like this one:
only $580 when it appears to have double the MBs on it? And then if I was to go with the GTX 590, which is dual GTX 580s already, why does it appear you get better performance out of two stand alone GTX 580s in SLI mode? Same question with the Radeon cards 6990 compared to 6970s in crossfire mode.
My other big area of advice is with the cooling. It appears a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank"> is highly recommended, but again, since I am new to this I am not sure the area my tower will sit in will allow for enough air flow. See description above. Should I just look to move the tower to a more open area, or is a liquid cooling system easy to install? If so, what type should I look at?
I am not worried about the other parts as they are minor pieces: a DVD drive - $20, Windows 7 - $100, 1 TB HDD - $80, and a quality soundcard like Soundblaster X-FI Titanium HD - $170.
I apologize if I was too descriptive in the advice I am seeking, but am very new to this and do not want to screw up before even attempting to put all the pieces together! Thank you all for your assistance.
^He already has a lot of the stuff - mostly of decent quality, if not feature packed and some features that are totally redundant.
I'm not suggesting he buys the stuff in my post. I just gave him an idea of what 2 Grands can get you. Just take out the SSD, BR drive, the 2nd gfx card and the unnaturally OTT PSU and suddenly you've got a a system closer to 1500 dollars.
*since you're not sure about whether you want to spend almost 1k on sli... the gtx 570 sli is the much better option to begin with... ecspecially with this model... it'll only cost you just less than $600 for two cards... you save almost $3++ than if you're going for two gtx 580s... some may tell you evga is the better option.. there's no doubt about it... its warranty service ecspecially in u.s. is outstanding... but for the price you can't beat this one...