Hello! New member to Tom's hardware, although i use the site a lot for reviews and help. I am currently looking to build my own pc for the first time. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 weeks
Budget Range: 1000$ before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tigerdirect.ca , Canadacomputers.com
Parts Preferences: Intel processor, AMD graphics card. Preferably the 6950 2gb. No preferred parts for the other pieces.
Overclocking: Maybe. (Really have no idea how to overclock, but if i could fit it in and give it a run, that would be cool. If not, no big deal)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: With this pc, i was hoping to keep it open to future add ons, such as 3 monitors (if possible within 1000$ price range) and another graphics card down the line.
Case is a personal preference, but anything mid to full tower with at least 1 front 120mm and 1 rear or top 120mm fans is preferred. The Coolermaster HAF series is very popular.
Hard drive - SATA 6gb/s Western Digital - size is up to you but 500gb to 1tb is good.
I'd second all of these choices. While I agree that case preference is mostly personal that depends on what your price range is. There's plenty of excellent cases that can be had for any price range. If you want specifics here's what I'd recommend.
The RAM is a different brand than what was recommended but Crucial is an excellent vendor and has some of the lowest fail rates on the market. The one thing I didn't see listed though was hard drive. Check out the suggestions I have listed above.