I've already been shopping on komplett.ie for a week or so after reading the great articles here. I started with 2 different options that I detail here. One was based around the i7-930, the other around the i5-750. Looking at cost/benefit it seems like the i7-930 isn't worth it, which is a pity as I do want a system that will still best top range down the line. So below is the detail of the build I'm looking at now. All input would be appreciated! This is my 3rd build, but first since 2005. I've picked most things (open to change and suggestions) but I'm intimidated every time I pull up a list of motherboards and that's the last big component I need to pick.
RAM: That's a triple channel kit meant for the i7-9xx (X58 boards). Grab a dual channel kit (2x2 GB). Also, see if you can get 1600 mhz CL 7 sticks, as they'll be faster, especially if/when you overclock.
HDD: Unless you really need 1.5 TB of space, I would just get the 1 TB drive. You don't really get much speed out of having a smaller drive for the OS/apps.
Case: Both of those are extremely expensive for what you need. Take a look at the Antec 300, Antec 300 Illusion (might not be available over there), Antec 900, Coolermaster 690 or Coolermaster HAF 922. All of these would be cheaper and just as good for your purposes.
PSU: Coolermaster PSUs are crap. Grab a 650W (single GPU or Crossfire w/ adapaters) or 750W (Crossfire) unit from any of the following: Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic, Silverstone or PC Power & Cooling. Also, modular units aren't that great any more. All quality cases have a bottom mounted PSU, so the excess cables are already out of the way at the bottom of the case.
For some reason I can't add a title to this thread!?
@MadAdmiral: Thanks for the input.
I'm unsure about the RAM. Are you saying I can't get use out of more than 4GB or the LGA1156 mobos only have 2 slots? I have 4GB in my work machine and find it lacking at times when I'm working on several Visual Studio Projects and Photoshop. Should I be looking at the more expensive i7 and LGA1366 then?
On the HDD I like the separation of concerns between applications and my media. Are there cons to this approach that I'm unaware of? Because at €47; cost isn't one.
The case is something a friend who completed his build a year ago had issue with. He mentioned that the Graphics cards today are large and he barely fit his into the smaller Antec. I also want a certain amount of room to grow into. With that in mind should I still be looking at smaller cases? I'm should be looking at Mid Towers rather than full towers?
You can technically use 6GB of RAM on a LGA1156 mobo. However, 3 DIMMs (physical sticks) would negate the benefits of dual-channel memory, which theoretically increases the throughput (though the actual increase varies between reviews and tests). Still, it's a feature you might as well use.
You listed VS and photoshop towards the end of your usage importance. However, this may just be inflated and perhaps you web develop as much as you game? If that's so and budget-permitting; I see no reason why you shouldn't step up to a LGA 1366 rig. If gaming is ultimately and largely more important, then stick to an i5 :].
Nothing wrong with keeping 2 HDDs like that, though if you wanted to bump up to a 930, eliminating the 500gb F3 would be on the top of the list to axe. Instead, you could split the 1 TB F3 into 2 partitions: one for apps, one for media.
The cosmos is a great case, but it's also on the top of the chopping board if you want to cut price. I agree with MadAdmiral's HAF922 recommendation.
CM's silent series isn't too bad. If you plan on crossfiring that 5850 in the future, then I would recommend getting one of the 750 Corsair units; especially if you plan on overclocking and have multiple HDDs.
You can use up to 16 GB (4x 4 GB sticks) on that motherboard. It has 4 slots. It's just how vznoobie said. Using three sticks makes them run slower.
The HAF 922 is certainly large enough for any GPU. It can fit the 5970 with no problem The others are large enough for at least the 5850, and possibly the 5870, though it might be tight.
It's pretty much all price. If you were spending about $1,600, you can get the i7-930 (the best CPU) and the 5970 (the best GPU). Under that, you reallly need to focus on your primary need, and add whatever you can later or plan to perform a little worse in the other uses.
750W would be fine either way. The difference is that the first one is a modular unit. That means you can remove the excess cables. It's not that useful if the case has a bottom mounted PSU, as the cables are already out of the way.
OK, did the math on an i7 and I'd be another €200+ putting me at €1500($2050)! So what I have below is my i5 build. I think everything is good now? The one last thing is that I'm wondering how the GA-P55A-UD3 sits alongside the P7P55D-E?