Hey everyone, I am looking to build my own computer for the first time. Since I'm a gamer, and am really looking for a rig that can play the best games perfectly, I am kind of going all out for this build, as I want it to last for the next few years at least, with a few upgrades here and there if necessary.
Basically, I need the opinion of people who have a lot of experience with home builds, to let me know if everything will work together, if there are going to be any issues, if I have forgotten anything, if they have a better option, etc. Any ideas are welcome.
Also, please remember that I'm from Australia, so suggesting American prices is probably a bit pointless (unless you have a really good way of importing from the States without ridiculous shipping fees).
Anyway, here is what I have come up with so far.
Intel Core i7 3820 Quad Core @ 3.6GHz
2x Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2GB in SLI
ASUS Rampage IV Formula Motherboard (not sure to go with this or the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme)
Power Supply Unit:
Corsair AX750 Gold Power Supply
CoolerMaster HAF X Case
Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 LGA2011 CPU Cooler
You won't really need LGA2011 unless you want the extra PCI lanes.
The 680 is a very overpriced card; it performs too close to the 670. You're basically paying ~$100 for a 5% difference in performance. Also, a 7970 GHz Crossfire would outperform a 680 SLI.
Cooler Master PSUs are known to have high failure rates. Please do not cheap out on PSU. If it fails, you risk your components frying.
You can opt to drop the sound card since onboard ones are already pretty good.
Get the NH-D14 or Silver Arrow instead for a cooler. Way better performance.
I don't think you can triple-channel RAM on that motherboard.
The 830 is a great SSD, yes.
The monitor is OK, but at your budget, you can get a 120Hz monitor to make use of the 2-way SLI/CF GPU.
That looks like a good build actually. Do you suggest the ASROCK Z77 over the ASUS Rampage IV Formula? For what reasons? Also, what are your reasons behind choosing the i5? I also do a bit of video encoding (mostly just encoding my DVD's into individual episodes), and I read that the i7's are better for that kind of thing. So would the CPU you suggested be better than the i7 3280?
Yeah true I suppose about the fps cap. Well I will look around for some cheaper 120hz monitors that dont look so ugly (the stand on that samsung XD). I'm not having the easiest time though, they are mostly 3D (which I don't really want) or ugly, or over 24" (which is probably the biggest I want).
Oh right haha. Well they are all pretty expensive. Not really sure if I want to spend that much just on a monitor. Maybe I'll just get a good 60Hz one, and then when 120Hz ones are a fair bit cheaper I'll grab one of them Maybe in 6 months or so
Thanks for all your help though
Oh and last thing: Do all the necessary cables come bundled when you buy the parts? Or do you have to buy them seperately? And what's the go for thermal paste? Is it all pretty good, or is some better than others?