I'm finally sick of my 5 year old desktop, and looking to put something new together. It would primarily be for programming / development, but I'd like to be able to play some games as well. My main requirement is that it support 3 x 24" monitors, and be relatively quiet.
Intel Core i7 3770
Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
Samsung SH-224BB/BEBS SATA DVDRW Drive OEM
Samsung 840 Series 120GB SSD Retail Box
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H Motherboard
Antec VP550P 550W Power Supply
Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl
ASUS GeForce GT 640 2GB
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM
I already have a 2TB HDD that I'll throw in there as well.
Things I'm unsure of:
* Is the i7 overkill -should I be looking at i5 instead?
* Will the GT640 be sufficient for casual gaming?
* Will the Antec 550P be enough for the GT640?
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Just realized I should have asked you to fill out this form. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgra...
Because then I know if you want to overclock, where your buying from (PC CaseGear, Mwave, uMart, Scorptech, Super Billing?), etc.
This way I'l have the info I need to really help you.
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $35 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
You could probably drop this without issue, as aftermarket cooling is only really needed when overclocking. But given your emphasis on quietness on the case and in the additional comments I think it should be here.
GPU: Gigabyte HD7950 OC. $330 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
I know that you specified Nvidia in the form, but you have 3x1080p monitors and AMD cards just perform better at this resolution and have a superior utility for it. Using Eyefinity, its possible to play games across all the screens. Admittedly performance wont be great unless you Crossfire/SLI in more intensive games, but for the stuff you seem to be after it would be great.
Plus this adapter: Wicked Wire Active DisplayPort-DVI adapter. $45 http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Reason or this is that for Eyefinity to work you need to use a DisplayPort from the GPU. So unless you have Displayport native monitors then you need to get an Active Adapter for it to work, Passive adapters wont let you enable Eyefinity.
Leaves plenty in the budget for the assembly fee and shipping, though it may be a good move to buy the case locally (as PC CaseGear is based in Melbourne) as that will be most of your shipping costs.