Hi, figured out it would be time to change my old PC from 2006 :
Mobo : Asus P5W DH Deluxe
CPU : E6600
RAM Corsair 2GB TWIN
GPU : ATI Radeon X1900 XT
PSU : OCZ Powerstream 520 W modular
Case : CoolerMaster CAC-T05 Centurion
Sound Card : Creative Lab Sound Blaster Live X-Gamers (from my old Penium 3)
CPU Heatsink : Zalman CNPS 9500 92 MM
Hard drive : Baraccuda 320 Go
2nd hard drive : WD claviar black 640GB currently not in use
Optical drive : LG DVD drive and Piooner DVD-Burner
Approximate Purchase Date : Before mid-may
Budget Range: around 1500$
System Usage : Gaming, Autocad, Matlab, web, etc
Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse, keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.ncix.com and might try price match with directcanada or tigerdirect
Parts Preferences: Asus, Intel
Overclocking: Good chance
SLI or Crossfire: Don't think so
Monitor Resolution: currently 1680x1050, but migght change it
Here a list of what I might get. Any suggestion will be welcome :
GPU : This is my big question mark and advice would be greatly appreciated on that point.
Always had ATI product before, All-in wonder Rage 128, Radeon 9000 Pro, Radeon 9800 Pro 256 MB, Radeon 1900 XT
Helped some friends building their machine and we did choose EVGA Nvidia SLI GTX 260, 560 Ti, GTX 570, GTX 470
When I started build my own PC I always took the high range card (9800 Pro and X1900) at the time.
If I stick with ATI (AMD), any suggestion on the brand (asus, sapphire, diamond etc?)
If I go with Nvidia I would choose EVGA.
Should I go with GTX 680 or the equivalent with AMD?
No need for a i7 unless you do hyper threading. Just get an i5. You only need a mid atx case(which ever is your preference, there are cases that are black in the inside, tooless, ect.) Your psu might be too much unless you just want to go ahead and go big. I'd reconmend a 550-750w unit. If you get ivy bridge, get a z77 mobo.
Write speeds don't matter. Read speeds are more important. Sandforce based drives, minus the Mushkin Chronos, have Sandforce driver issues, so I'd stay away from Kingston. The Micron Controller is more reliable, so go with the Crucial M4.
You will not need a full tower case, as I have said before. The cooler in the OP will fit just fine.
thank you for all the help and advice on that new build.
I will list the final details on the build :
Case : Coolermaster HAF XM
CPU : i5 3570k
Motherboard : ASUS P8Z77-V Pro
RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
Sound Card : Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-FI Titanium HD PCI-E Sound Card RCA Optical IN/OUT
GPU : EVGA GeForce GTX 670 915MHZ 2048MB 6008MHZ GDDR5 SLI 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E DX11 Video Card
SSD : Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB
PSU : Corsair Professional HX750W
CPU Heatsink : Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B Nickel Plated Copper Headsink Blue LED 135mm
Optical Drive : LG GH24NS90 24X SATA Internal DVD Writer Burner
Total around 1500 before taxe.
For a difference of 50 $, I went with that CPU and Motherboard instead of the i3570k and P8Z68 V-Pro.
The GTX 670 was out the day I bought the parts. Saw the reviews, and for 100$ less I think it is a good choice instead of the 680.
A little question on the case, I saw a video on youtube and I was wondering if there is any good point to install the SSD in the right side panel behind the motherboard instead of the bay in front?<