Hey everyone, thanks for reading and especially for replying!
I recently have been having troubles with my FPS on my Alienware laptop. I have decided since I have my Ipad for portable computing, I can switch to desktops. As building a custom desktop is the best way of getting "bang for my buck" I have decided to take this route. However, I need a lot of help. I really do not know where to start. Does anyone have any recomendations? Also, I am currently in South America. I am going to try and source parts from here but it would be very useful to hear from people who have experience in shipping components, taking them on a plane with you, or having a desktop as "checked luggage". I will be taking a long trip back to Canada soon so I could always bring the parts back with me.
My budget is around $2,000 (CDN/US).
Edit 9/11/2011 (Version 1.1):
Components (Suggestions thus far):
CPU:Intel Core i7-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
Motherboard:EVGA P67 FTW 160-SB-E679-KR LGA 1155 Intel
RAM: Please help: http://www.newegg.ca...-Power-Supplies
I would like to pick a combo RAM and Power Supply. G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2133
Power Supply: See above. OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High
Hard Drive:Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III SSD
Video Card: 1 x EVGA 03G-P3-1591-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Hydro Copper 2 3072MB (Water Cooling)
1 x EVGA 03G-P3-1584-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB
OR two of the Non-Water Cooled
Computer Case:Rosewill THOR V2-White Edition, THOR V2-W Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case,
Is it difficult, worth it, necessary to have water cooling? What else would I need for a system like that? Will I have sufficient cooling without the water cooling?
since a 2600k will do no better in gaming than a 2500k. save the $100 there and upgrade to a Z68 chipset motherboard and get a regular hard drive for storage. you can partition the ssd to cache the HDD. use 20-40GB intel calls it smart responce technology. but you install the os onto the HDD and install your games onto the remaining space on the ssd. that way your OS boots quickly and your games load crazy fast.
oh side note the dual 580s should put your systems power use around 620-650 watts but power supplies should be ran at 80% or less for efficiency and to help it last a long time. so i only looked at 850W power supplies for your combo.
I was told HDD are very expensive at the moment and to leave it for later. In order to use this partition technology however, I would need the HDD at the time of installing the Operating System, right? Is that hard to do?
What do you think about taking one 580 with water cooling and one without? I have no idea how these things work... is it needed?
bestbuy hasn't caught on that there is a shortage go there and buy a drive at normal prices.
i like asus for motherboards mostly because of their uefi design. but they are normally stable. as for exact model i havent checked into them.
i cant decide on water coolers. i dont want water in my case ever, even if sealed but i dont like the sound that air coolers make.
I need to source the case from where I live. I will pay out of my ass for it, but it will be less complicated in shipping. Can you help me pick one from this list? The selection in chile is not nearly as good.