This will be my first build that i have done where i am considering overclocking. I will be using this build for mostly gaming and photo editing and maybe a slight bit of video work. I would like this case obviously to run pretty cool, and also be pretty quiet. I already have a 1tb and a 350gb 7,500 RPM Sata drives.
Approximate Purchase Date: This Month
Budget Range: $1,000 - 1,200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, possibly video/photo editing
Parts Not Required: OS, KB/Mouse, and Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, microcenter.com
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU...
Overclocking: Likely not 100% sure if ill need to
SLI or Crossfire: not likely
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Case : Antec P-280
Very up in the air about the case, i don't really want anything flashy just something solid that isn't very noisy, but will keep my stuff cooled.
Only reason i was looking at getting that much was due to the fact it has been so dang cheap lately and a buddy was saying i should try using it for a "RAM Disk" or drive... any word on if that is worth messing with ?
You may want to get a bigger SSD if you want to put anything on it other than Windows and some small programs. I got a 120 GB and it is almost full with Windows, WoT, SW:TOR and iTunes (other programs are on my main drive).
The cooler is good, I have the same one and rarely see temps over 110 F. When installing in my case, I was a little worried that I was tightening it too much (and possibly crushing the CPU) until I found that the screws will stop at the same point. You may want to pick up an extra fan (it only comes with one, you can fit two on it), I will be doing so before summer gets going (which makes the temp in my office raise about 10 degrees).
I wouldn't worry about the audio card unless you are a true audiophile with high-end equipment. The onboard audio for most modern boards is much better than I remember several years ago when I was first building. Almost all boards can handle 5.1 or 7.1 at a minimum.
Don't sweat the RAM too much, just make sure it is compatible with your MOBO and select the cheapest brand. Mushkin, GSkill and Corsair are pretty reliable, just make sure it is "low profile" to fit under your CPU cooler.
leave out purchase for your gpu as nvidia is set to release its next series of cards between this month and the next... which may impact current market prices... wait till then to make your decisions on that....
get a larger ssd.... a 64gb won't have much space left after os install....
Thanks Nebel and phenom for all the suggestions. I bought the Antec case already so not much i can do about that. It is a bit bigger then i expected but it will work.
yea the 750 i was thinking as a precaution in case i change my mind a year down the road and decide to get a second video card. But a $50 price reduction is pretty attractive.
Yea i agree with the sound card i am gonna hold of on that for a bit, wait till i get the headphones and see if i really need it.
Windows 7 takes up about 15gb right? That leaves like 45-50 Gb's of space... seems like plenty to me, maybe 1-2 games and a few other software programs. Am i missing something that takes up a lot more space?