System Usage from Most to Least Important :: Games (BF3 / Skyrim / upcoming DIII)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Not really, but I know that DirectCanada.com = free ground shipping; and that NCIX.com = match the lowest available canadian price (for a full PC, including all taxes, they pretty much balance each other).
Parts Preferences: Brands that are notorious for reliability.
Overclocking: Eventually, I want to leave the door open
SLI or Crossfire: Same as above
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
1- I want this computer to be as "problem free" as much as possible, and to equally last as long as possible. I could spend the 1500$ if there would be a significant increase in performance and reliability over the parts I pre-selected so far (which total around 1250$)
2- I went with the GTX570; because I wonder if the GTX 580 is worth the extra 150$, considering that I will run games at resolution 1920x1080.
An element to consider here is this will be my first built. Therefore, I have basically two choices: on one hand, I can build this PC myself meticulously and learning the “how to” of assembling, bios setting, etc., but risking screwing up and getting possible DOAs.
Or, on the other hand, I can have piece of mind by having the PC already assemble and tested, with 1 yrs warranty, but I’ll remain a noob. See the dilemma here ?
TOUGH CHOICE. Really, I found this a rather tough choice.
As for building it yourself, if you're unsure, you might not want to risk it. I read a lot of tutorials and made sure I understand what every part was, what it did, and where it went before I ever built my first PC... Do you have a friend that has built several computers (successfully) before? Maybe you can have him do it for you while you look on and help with the easier things such as PSU, RAM, and drive installation.
Thanks. I found it rather weird that nowhere in the CanadaDirect links for this Kingston RAM it is mentioned that it's 1.65V. Anyway, the only reason I took this Ram kit was because of this review: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/corsair-vengeance-c...
And I just realized that this review was for p67 board... not Z68.
On second thought, about the Ram, what's better between the G.Skill Ripjaw 1600 that everyone seems to buy and the Corsair Vengeance you linked ?
1) your parts seem to all be quite reliable. another $250 on the same parts won't afford you a noticeably higher level of confidence in that reliability.
2) a GTX 580 is unnecessary for gaming at 1920x1080; a 570 will be more than sufficient.
4) having worked with both modular and non-modular PSUs, modular makes cable routing and management substantially easier.
There's seems to be a few down side of using modulars (I just did a very brief research on Wiki (- at work atm, no time for extensive search)). Are these concerns legit ? :
-Modular cables and connectors add electrical resistance between the power supply and the hardware components. In practice the resistance of a connection is far too small to cause significant voltage drop, although the additional connections are an additional possible point of failure if they become corroded or damaged.
-Connectors may become accidentally disconnected or not fully engaged, especially inside crowded cases, and modular PSUs have more connections than others at risk. Many PSUs have connectors with locking mechanisms which prevent a connector from falling out or not being fully inserted. Pairs of connectors are also additional components subject to mechanical damage when being plugged in or unplugged carelessly.
-As of early 2011[update] most modular power supplies used the same connectors as each other, but with different, non-standardized pin-outs. Interchanging cables between brands can damage equipment by applying incorrect voltages, grounds and opens to outputs such as SATA power connectors. There is rarely any visual indication or keyed connector to prevent using an incorrect cable.
-The Hyper 212 +/EVO will occasionally block 1 of 4 DIMM slots for non-low-profile memory. It's rarely an issue if you're only installing two DIMMs, as you can just put them in slots 2&4 instead of 1&3, but low-profile memory isn't a terrible idea if you want to avoid any chance of a space conflict.
-The Corsair HX-750, HX-850, AX-850 are all good modular supplies.
-As far as the concerns about modular PSUs,
--The increase in resistance adds up to a loss of roughly 1 watt
--Any good modular PSU will have locking mechanisms on the connectors to prevent them from becoming dislodged
--Incompatibility between PSUs of one brand and cables of another is only an issue if you buy one power supply and proceed to use modular cables from another power supply.
Zavali ebalo. Esli ty tupica I ne mozhesh soobrazit kak sobrat komp to nehren tebe tut lovit. Ja vchera sebe komp sobral za 5 chasov. Esli tebe nuzhny realnyje mnenija to ne zadavaj tupyh voprosov scuko