Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: I plan to have all purchases made by Monday
Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) ~$1500 max excluding peripherals
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (BF3 PS2 TW Series) / office suite
Are you buying a monitor: Yes - BenQ XL2420T
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Location: New York City
SLI or Crossfire: Yes (future)
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Based primarily on g-unit1111's proposed build, I've come up with the following build, my intention is to add a second GPU to the machine in the future if it becomes necessary to do so. I still need to add a second monitor for productivity purposes, but that can be considered outside the scope of this budget. I'm looking for a cheaper second monitor with similar design characteristics/size/resolution. Any feedback would be appreciated, I'll start making the purchases this afternoon through Monday.
Alright! So I just finished ordering the components listed above and can't wait to build it! I was going to try to wait for Cyber Monday before ordering some components, but was spending way too much time looking for deals when I should be doing other things. I'll look to purchase my second monitor on Monday and fill in some peripherals if I can find some good deals.
Thanks to all for the help, I'll post some pics when I've got it all ironed out.
i have the 410 and i am having second thoughts, i am thinking of selling it and just grab a different case
What about the 410 do you not like that the HAF does better? I'm not too worried about the 1TB vs 2 TB issue - I barely use 80gb on my current main computer. Admittedly, it doesn't have any games on it, but I can't imagine filling up a 1TB drive for a very long time. The only reason I purchased one at all is because I bought the argument that excessive writing/deleting from the SSD was a bad thing, otherwise, I would have been fine with 256gb. As it is, I should be able to fit my OS, all my games, and Office on the SSD with lots of room to spare.
Is that PSU substantially better than the one I've selected to the point where it would be worth returning my initial purchase to get it? There would be some cost associated with this, I'm sure. I was pretty comfortable with this unit as a few of the regulars here seem to consistently recommend the series.
Bummer - Newegg says the order can't be cancelled at this point. Oh well - it doesn't seem to me like it will be worth paying the restocking fee on the one I purchased to get the Seasonic, although I would like modular/gold features. I'll see what I can get accomplished with customer service when they reopen on Monday.
I almost had a heart attack when I put the side panels on - the machine stopped booting successfully. It would power up for a few seconds then automatically shut down. I thought that I broke something putting the cables in order, but worked through the troubleshooting guide here and got it to work again. I suppose I must have dislodged the GPU somehow, because when I took it out and powered up again it booted fine, and when I put the GPU back in and powered it with different cords everything worked fine again.
I was going to ask for some advice on better cable management, but I'm not very eager to go back through and risk "breaking" something again.
Anyways, thanks for all the help guys - I certainly wouldn't have had the confidence to select/build my first machine without your help.
The risk of breaking something from trying to redue some parts are fairly low, The biggest advice to give is try to wire everything to the back of the case for better airflow(also taking out the removable middle tray can improve airflow)
Almost forgot to mention, Turn the PSU upside down, right now it is literally pushing the heat from the PSU into your GPU