jeebisz022 gave me a couple of good recommendations in my thread over on the systems forum.
Im not looking for just a gaming platform though. As I mentioned there I want a platform that will serve me well as a ColdFusion10 (it is an application server) learning platform and yes serve me well in gaming. Hence I have worked up a build centered on the Intel 3820. I do recognize that this is a 4 core cpu whereas other cpus in this line are 6 cores.
To stay within my 2k goal (leaving me enough room in the budget for a new monitor as jeebisz022 calibrated me I would need) the build only goes for a single video card for now. As mentioned in other thread, I probably wont be spending my time with overclock tweaks.
What I need help in particular is my choice of MB, PSU, and video card and whether or not they make good sense in the system I configured. Or any other comments you feel to make
Product Name: CyberPower Black Pearl (NO MONITOR)
CARE1:Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
CARE2 rofessional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]
CAS:* Cooler Master HAF-X Gaming Full Tower Case w/ 1x230mm Fan, 1x200mm Fans, 2xFront USB 3.0 Port [+64]
you definitely dont need a 1200 watt psu . Even if you added another GTX 670 you would be fine with a 750 watt unit . A single GTX 670 will be fine with 500 watt psu .
You have a quad channel memory motherboard , and you are installing only two sticks of RAM . Even if you need 16 gig [ you probably dont ] it should be 4 x4 gig sticks to get the fastest memory speed .
You would probably get better performance with a hyperthreading socket 1155 ivy bridge quadcore processor , and a decent cpu cooler so you can OC
Good question on the MB. I fat fingered that in my selections as I was poking around for free upgrades. I had intended this:
ASUS P9X79 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ UEFI BIOS, 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI
Ok on the PSU. Part of why it is so generous is that it is from a free upgrade. When I downsize what brands should I steer away from or alternatively which are most reliable?
As far as the memory goes, I'm curious as to what I can do and learn from it on a CF application server level where multiple applications are installed. Its for professional/work exploration not for gaming.
I'll think some more on my choice of CPU and whether I tailor more towards a gaming platform or an application server where I can play games...
Preferred brands of PSU would be seasonic , corsair , and pc power and cooling .
Antec , enermax and other companies make good units too . In your list the 1200 watt unit is showing as " + 126".
The RAM should be quad channel kit for best RAM speed . If you only have 2 x8 gig sticks installed you have cut the bandwidth by half because only two channels will be used . You'd be losing the major advantage of an X79 motherboard .
The ASUS P9X79 should give you identical performance and room for expansion
The HAF case is a gaming case designed to run multiple graphics card and high power consumption rigs . If gaming is not your focus then consider a quieter case like the Antec P280 . That will save you another $60.
Those changes should bring you under the $2k price point