It has been 6 years since I last built a higher end machine for personal use. At the time I built it to be future proof and it has pretty much served it's original purpose. However, it will soon be retired as a simple multi-media machine. As such, I could use some advice regarding what is overkill, what is lacking, and anything else that is helpful on my new build.
Approximate Purchase Date: Over the next 2-3 weeks
Budget Range: $1300 - $1500 after discounts, rebates, etc.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming on high settings (BF3, Diablo III, SC2), Multimedia usage (playback on TV, audio, etc.), Intensive numerical analysis (occasional event)
Parts Not Required: monitors, mouse, speakers, keyboard (tentatively), cables
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, NCIX, Microcenter (in-store pickup)
Country: USA (midwest)
Parts Preferences: Intel and nVidia have always been kind to me
SLI or Crossfire: In the future
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 - any will do
Additional Comments: I am entertaining the idea of liquid cooling but could really use some advice on where to get started.
1) a good air cooler like hyper 212 evo is enough to reach 4.5ghz and if you want liquid cooling then go with a full custom loop(but it's not required)
2) 850w is more than enough for 670 SLi and overcloking(in fact it is a bit overkill but you can manage )
3) yes 670 will run 3 monitors.
4) i really can't see a big reason to spend so much on "mechanical" keyboard.
i guess i answered all your questions,good luck with the build.
I took your advice and dropped the memory down to 8GB. I figure I can expand in a few years as necessary.
I picked up the Samsung 2TB HDD instead of the WD 1TB. I think this is a much wiser decision. Thank you.
The article you linked regarding the Asus GTX 670 was enough to convince me to spend the extra $150ish for the upgraded video card. My fear is over the longevity of the card. In 2006 I purchased a 7900GT (which at the time was a decent card) and within two years it was dead. I would much rather avoid the costly replacement of a video card. Any clue what type of extended warranty comes with these GTX 670?
I also added the Hyper 212 EVO after reading many reviews about how well it performs.
As for the SSD, I went with the same brand and model but only 120GB. I don't see a need for 240GB. I primarily plan on using it for OS and programs.
Now for my new questions/concerns:
The NZXT power supply is nice, but I really don't see a need for 850W even if I SLI and OC. Would 750W not be enough? I would really like a PSU that has the independent ports on the back instead of an entire bundle of wires coming out. This way I can manage what I use and not have to hide unused cables behind the MOBO. Do you have any other suggestions regarding a PSU of this nature? I will look for NZXT or Seasonic PSUs.
The case I may switch. I just want a case with easy cable and drive management as well as easy to clean dust filters. I'll look around.
Finally, what is the major improvement in the Gigabyte mobo vs. the ASRock board that I had picked? I only noticed a few differences in ports, but nothing major regarding performance. Feedback is appreciated.