Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 3 weeks
Budget Range: $2,000 max.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/3D Modeling/Video Editing (Minecraft, BF3, Maya, Adobe Premiere)
Parts Not Required: none
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: I'm open to suggestions
SLI or Crossfire: ?
Monitor Resolution: ?
Additional Comments: I'm completely new to building PC's. I've tried to do my homework by reading guides and forum posts, but most of the lingo is like a different language to me so not all of it sticks. Everything I've selected is basically from user reviews and an extremely basic understanding on compatibility. All I want a PC that can handle all the gaming I can throw at it with max settings, but can also handle my digital modeling software (maya, max, etc.). I have a buddy that builds PC's, and he's going to help me to an extent, but I'd like to do most of it by myself so any other advice about physically putting the thing together would be really helpful.
Here's my newegg wishlist. Feel free to pick it apart, particularly if I did anything completely stupid (which is very possible).
Get the i7-2600k if you're doing video editing. HT helps a lot in those apps.
The response time advertised isn't really what it is. I would get an e-IPS Panel monitor (better image quality than that asus) like the U2312HM. Low input time and high contrast ratios are key.
Dropkick the 560ti and get the 7970. It is much better.
Zalman is a poor CPU Cooler. Get the Hyper 212 EVO.
You don't need a sound card. Onboard sound is a lot better than it was.
Cool, thanks. Other than that you think all these components will get along alright? About the i7-2600k: while video editing is important, it's not as important as digital modeling. Is the i7 better all around or just for editing? I'd rather maximize the gaming/modeling element than sacrifice in any way for video editing.
Also, would I benefit from adding more memory to that configuration, or does memory not work like that? Could I have more given the space on the motherboard/in the case? Would I even notice a difference?
Any mid tower case can support dual gpu. 16gb is good for your uses. So is the i7.
If 16gb is what I want, does that mean I should add another G.Skill Ripjaws 8gb to the list? From the picture and description, it looks to me like that's actually (2) 4gb units, so if I bought another would I essentially have (4) 4gb units that total 16gb? That's one of the many parts I still don't have a grasp on.
But the model selected, for $50, there are better coolers.....THe 212 is a great budget cooler, well suited for a $1k build ..... but a $2k build deserves at least a Hyper 612 or Scythe Mugen 3
-If ya going MSU, get the lightning which has a 9 phase VRM. ....the Frozr uses a 6 phase VRM which limits overclocking potential. I use the Asus .... same speed, 7 phase VRM, great OC ability and $30 cheaper