Case: NZXT Apollo ORANGE NP Orange SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
--Have to admit, bought this one for aesthetics/price point. Seems to have sufficient cooling and good reviews, but will I have to buy another case fan if I want to overclock?
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/ Tigerdirect, but otherwise open if there’s a better price
Parts Preferences: ??? (I was hoping you guys could help with this)
SLI or Crossfire: probably not, unless there’s a good reason to
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I would like some advice on a good GPU for around $350 or so (a little flexibility with the price, but of course want the biggest bang/buck ratio.) I have read that a single GPU is better at 1080 and this price range, is that true?
Also, it seems that I picked a bad time to need to buy a HDD... since the flooding in Thailand made prices increase dramatically. Is it the opinion of this forum that HDD prices will calm down anytime soon, or will they stay at these levels for the foreseeable future?
and of course, I would appreciate being pointed in the right direction about what's good for both of these components. ^_^
Projected component purchases:
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
hoping to catch a good deal on Tuesday (internet blew out in the morning, sold out by the time I got it back. =P )
Thank you so much for that HDD find, snagged one as soon as I saw your post earlier this morning =D
SO, with my HDD problem cleared up for now, I'd like to look at the GPU more in-depth. I'm not as knowledgable about the GPU as I'd like to be- I've read a couple of resources here on TH but I still have some questions. For instance... I know the manufacturers are AMD and Nvidia, but otherwise what's the difference between, say, these two GPUs?
I'm not quite sure what you mean though, I just looked at the physical specs...
the PSU is 5.9"(W) x 3.4"(H) x 7.09"(L)
and the case is 21.10" x 8.58" x 17.24"
so it should fit inside... do you mean that it would get in the way of other things, like the MOBO or the GPU?