Im looking at getting into building my own system after my laptops motherboard melted. Ive had a fair break from gaming and am looking at getting back into it.
After reading about different components and parts, I have put together a system and would really appreciate any feedback you may have.
My budget is $3000 AUD give or take a hundred or two depending on what you all suggest. If you believe I can get a more powerful system for less then please suggest any changes I should make. The same goes for the higher end. If for an extra hundred or two I can get something more powerful then please suggest.
Right now the system is at $2800 so I still have $200 to play with. Im not sure as to the networking and sound cards with the motherboards now. It will be running on wireless until I set up the ethernet cable through the house.
The system is as follows:
Intel S2011 Core i7 3820 3.60GHz 4x Core CPU (No Heatsink included)
ASUS S2011 ATX Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard with BF3
DDR3 16GB (4x4G) Corsair 1600MHz Vengeance RAM Kit PN CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
2TB Seagate Barracuda XT 7200rpm SATA 6Gb/s HDD PN ST32000641AS
NVIDIA GTX580 1536MB Gigabyte GTX580 Super Overclock PCIe Video Card
CoolerMaster Full XL-ATX HAF X Case Black (No PSU) (PN RC-942-KKN1)
1100 Watt CoolerMaster UCP RSB00-AAAA-A3 ULTIMATE Power Supply
Blu-Ray Combo Samsung 12x SH-B123L/RSBP SATA Drive Black
Blu-Ray Writer Pioneer BDR-207DBK 12x SATA Black OEM
PCIe Asus Xonar DX Sound Card
Thermaltake ISGC400 CPU Heatsink
Overclocking is something that I would like to look at using, however I would like to know I have selected a system that can do this as well as a making sure the cooling can handle this.
I would change the CPU to i5 2500k. That won't compromise gaming performance at all. It's actually easier to overclock because it has unlocked multiplier and it is more power efficient. You would also save money on the motherboard. I would settle for 8 GB of RAM. I'd rather buy Radeon 7950. Roughly equal to GTX 580 but lower power consumption. 1100W power supply is overkill for anything less than 3 GPUs. For dual-GPU systems I'd say something like 650W-850W depending on GPUs. For single GPU system I wouldn't go beyond 650W.
Now if changing some components help you to save money you might spend it for Radeon 7970 instead of GTX580/HD7950. If you don't mind waiting, Ivy Bridge and Kepler should come out early April. Ivy Bridge should be somewhat faster than Sandy Bridge. Kepler is still a bit unknown but if nothing else it should atleast have an effect on current pricing of graphics cards.