Alright guys, I have a few months off school starting in two weeks so i'm looking to build another computer. Cost isn't that big of an issue BUT i'm looking to spend approximately $1500 CDN ($1400 USD). Leaning towards Intel this time around as i built previous with AMD. Overclocking is a definite so possible cooling opitions? Probably liquid cooling, but lets see what other alternatives you guys have. Oh, and a SSD as a main option also.. Ha
This is my set up now, probably will keep the case (unless convinced otherwise) .. Don't think I will need bigger PSU though. Unless dual GPU's are brought into play.
Case: Antec 1200
Mboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3200MHz
RAM: Corsair Vengence 2 x 4GB
GPU: AMD Radeon 6950
HDD: 3 x 1TB Western Digital Black
PSU: Corsair TX750
Soo hit me with some ideas. I'm interested in everything. THANKS. BTW. This build is obviously gaming. 1920 x 1080. BF3 is the main
The video card is currently out of stock and if you want to wait for it that's up to you but if you don't and you can't find one anyplace else of any model or brand then you could go with this one as an alternative;
The computer that you have now isn't that bad and you could certianly overclock it if you wanted . You would not need another psu the one you have is fine. Yes if you got another cooler that would help and it would depend on how high you wanted to overclock.
You said you were going to reuse the case, so I'm assuming you can reuse other parts as well? If so you don't need a new PSU, RAM, HDDs, etc.
$1400CAD should be enough to grab an Intel 1155 mobo, 2500K, and two mid range Nvidia cards. I would see about setting up a 3D surround system. Not sure you can squeeze the monitors in at this time however. You might if you reuse your current one as well.
If you want something sick, build a submerged system in a fishtank. You fill up the tank with mineral oil and submerge everything except the HDD, ODD, PSU, and some sort of hub so you can access ports. The normal CPU heatsink will even work.
There's nothing wrong with an oil submerged build. You do end up needing a radiator and pump to cool the oil as today's increased TDPs just generate more heat than the oil alone can dissipate. Puget systems has been selling kits for this exact setup since 775/1366.
You can also dunk your psu, ssds, and even HDDs if you seal them correctly.
Thats actually a good idea. Simply buying new mobo, cpu and gpu's. i might actually consider that as well!
Sort of off topic question; Do SSDs really make that much of a difference? Or should i stick to my HDD.
As a happy SSD ownwer for two years plus, I think it is def worth it. Its not really about boot times but overall system responsiveness, and you will notice a difference.
The 1200 is actually a decent case, with plenty of room for what you're proposing.
I like the Sandybridge/2500k/dual card route.
If you do opt for a maintenance free water cooler, the H100 is superior to pretty much anyhthing else. It will perform like a very high end air cooler but can keep your system cool quietly. The H70/80 units are ok, but tend to be a little loud. So either go all out and spend $110 on your water cooling, or get decent performance from an air cooler for about half the price.