Approximate Purchase Date:
I plan to build a new comp in the next few weeks, I am looking for input on parts quality and compatibility and would like to have a quieter set up. I am open to changes and suggestions. Budget Range: up to $1600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/school/web
Parts Not Required:
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Who ever has best sale when its time to buy...Newegg is a favorite
Parts Preferences: none aside from function over form of moderate or better quality
SLI or Crossfire: in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: strongly considering a second monitor to run a dual monitor set up. Below is a list of item I have compiled, please let me know what you think.
I like white cases(but not restricted to)...I like the area the Thermaltake provides for the PSU and its large fans with dust shields, I like the price of the NZXT if anyone has some input to other good options, please let me know
Agility is the mid-range SSD in the OCZ lineup and uses a Sandforce controller (whether this is good or bad vary's according to opinion, I personally dont care). OCZ's premium drive, the Vertex 4, is faster and uses a custom Everest 2 controller made by OCZ in house. Essentially means they have more control and that equals faster, which equals a recommendation! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Reference cooling does have that advantage. If you'v got an oven style box with no airflow, a reference cooler will work better. But in a proper case with good airflow, custom will give you better cooling than reference. Reference coolers are also loud when things get hot. Considering that a $150 case will have good airflow, get the non-reference model.
I just linked to that case just to show you a Corsair option that seems to be in your case price range (and white). The amount of fans doesnt really indicate its cooling ability, and it has space for more if you wanted to add them. Dust filters only need to be on the intakes.
Cases are largely a personal choice, just make sure it has good airflow, cable management and a decent front I/O panel, and you'l be set.
The monitor that Mustang has found seems so be pretty good. I don't know much about monitors but I cant see anything wrong with it.