Hey guys! It's me again and the time to start buying/building my 1st PC is coming soon! I already made a post for this about 1 month ago but it was a little early so that's why I decided to make another thread 1 week before purchase date. Main uses for this PC are: Gaming, Photo Editing, Listening/Editing Music. I'll start with 1 monitor but I'll eventually go with 3.
Approximate Purchase Date: Around June 1st
Budget Range: $3500-$5000 with Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Listening/Editing Music, Photo Editing, Internet, Watching Movies
Parts Not Required: Case
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca, CanadaComputers.com, TigerDirect.ca, Amazon.com
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, EVGA, ASUS
Overclocking: Maybe (4,0GHZ or 4,5GHZ if possible)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200
Here's what I'm planning to purchase. If this parts list is good, I'll do further research to make sure everything is compatible together.
One last thing about Soundcard. Should I buy one if I want excellent sound quality for music/game/video? Will I have enough slots if I go SLI GTX690 later on? If yes, which one for my needs? Quality over price.
I'm waiting for your suggestions and opinions on this build folks. Is it ok? Does it get the Tom's Hardware community approval? I can't wait to start buying and building my PC. As soon as I finish working on wednesday, I'll be on it. So please, help me make sure everything is fine and finalize this build! Thanks
@boulbox: Ok I'll take a look at your suggestions. I was hesitating between 1600 and 1866 since there's a considerable increase in price even though my budget can handle it. Was the gain worth it or not... Thanks
@azeem40: What about Professional? I heard Home Premium won't handle more than 16GB RAM... Is it true?
i would even say go with IVY if you are going to go down to 16GB of ram
anything higher than 16GB of ram is either wanting to max out all the ram slots or does a ton of video editing/rendering for a job
here is an IVY build excluding GPU, HDD, SSD, DVD drive, OS, and cooler
most of the things what i said up there you already have a nice/good one already
(putting this one newegg just so you can see prices)
all of these boards are very nice and comes with future SLI if needed
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB)
tall heatsinks since you are going with a H100 i suggest getting the 500R combo
500R will fit all of your needs, it can fit a 690 inside, has LED fans(comes with a on/off switch), has a perfect place to fit a H100 inside, and can fit in places where a full tower can't
@boulbox: I'll switch to your PSU recommandation. As for IVY Bridge, I'll think about it. For some reason, I'm not sure about this one since it's relatively new... I'd like to see more in depth reviews of it compared to SB 3930K for exemple.
I've been looking at SeaSonic PSU and they all have great reviews and feedback. So now, I'm trying to find out if I go with 1000w Platinum, 1250w Gold or 1050w Gold. Since my goal is to futureproof my rig, I lean towards the 1250w Gold. But the 1000w Platinum seems to be a good choice as well and would probably be enough to run SLI GTX690 if I do it later on with OC CPU at 4,5GHz...etc. What you think?
I'll have to wait 1 more week maybe a little more since I work overtime tonight and tomorrow. I start my regular schedule saturday until wednesday morning I won't have time today to carefully pick my parts and I want to make sure I do the right choices. I don't want to do things in a hurry and make bad decisions. I might as well wait until my holidays on June 13th to pull the trigger. The only change I made to my list is the following:
With all these, I think i got enough slots to go SLI GTX690 and still have room for a Soundcard if I want one. As I said earlier, I want to reach a stable 4.0GHz or 4.5GHz OC. I will mostly play games on this computer and later this year, accross 3 monitors. In the end, it probably doesn't matter if I go IB or SB since I won't notice significant performance difference. Even if it's for Gaming or Photo Editing.