I decided it's time for me to build a new PC, as my current one is now three years old (I plan on selling it to my brother; he does want it). I can spend up to £3000. I was looking around the net for some place for some good advice on what I've chosen and how best to go about it, and I came upon this nice website.
I'm still looking through all the awesome articles and guides and suchlike, so what I've posted here I'll probably change my mind about a good few times yet. Anyway, on with my wishlist...
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: as soon as I've finalised the parts... sometime in April I expect. BUDGET RANGE: £2000-£3000 SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching movies, playing music, surfing the internet, Folding@Home. PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard (Logitech G15), mouse (Logitech mx518) PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:http://www.cclonline.com, http://www.overclockers.co.uk, http://www.quietpc.com. Used these three before, I live near CCL so I can pick up stuff from their trade counter easily. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK OVERCLOCKING: never done it before, but I'd like to give it a go. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 at least, hopefully more. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: must be as silent as possible, and have a large screen suitable for both desktop gaming and watching movies whilst lying in bed.
Here's a list of parts I have selected so far, with my preferred supplier. None of these are set in stone, I'm happy to change stuff around if it'll work better / is not compatible / is just as good & cheaper.
Watercooling RESERATOR1 V2 Fanless Water Cooling System
The only concern I have here is whether the VGA cooling block is compatible with the Radeon 5970. I can't find any information on the net concerning this.
One major concern I have is the following. The two largest cost items here are the new Gulftown extreme edition processor and Radeon 5970. I could replace these with, for instance, an Intel Core i7 930 2.80GHz (Bloomfield) and an ATI Radeon HD 5870, thus saving around £1000. How big a performace hit would I take?
As obsidian said, six cores aren't ever going to be used in games for a looong time. But if you've got the money to burn, I really don't see why not. Imo, it's not really worth the price premium, and the performance levels between an O/C i7 930 to 3.33GHz and i7 980X @ stock is minimal in most games. Nearly every game, 100% if you don't count Crysis, you could max all the settings on every game with the HD 5870, and with your motherboard, you could simply add another HD 5870 in CrossFireX possibly later (even though you don't want it lol.)
Otherwise, everything seems to be in order except the power supply RAM, and HDD.
The power supply - the HX850 as suggested previously is a good choice, modular, 80+ Silver certified and, generally, power supplies aren't very loud, so I don't think you'll have to worry about noise at all. If you want to know exactly how loud it is... at or below 595W load, it is 18dB, ~680W it climbs to 26dB, and at 850W, it is 34dB, which is still very quiet. AMD recommends a minimum of a 750W PSU for a whole system with an ATi Radeon HD 5970 - 850W will make sure you've got a lot of room to overclock, and with a watercooling setup, you'll get quite far I'd say. Here's the link on OC UK.
With Socket 1366, you'll want three sticks of RAM for triple channel, which is well faster than dual channel, although not by much. With a £3000 budget, why not get Corsair Dominator GTX2 DDR3 2000MHz + 6/12GB Kit if you really want. Otherwise, if you don't really mind you can just get good old Corsair Dominator or XMS3 6GB Kit. Because really, in terms of performance, latencies and speeds impact very little on anything but benchmark scores.
Nothing major here, the SSD is a very good choice, but as for your secondary HDD - no, lol, anything with Green Edition means generally slower performing. Get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 or WD Caviar Black, in either 1TB or 2TB.
To sum it up:
Get the i7 930 (and o/c like crazy), change your power supply to a Corsair HX-850, get a triple channel kit of RAM, Dominators/XMS3 recommended, and for your secondary HDD, get a Spinpoint F3 1TB or Caviar Black 1TB. Both are really fast drives, the Spinpoint F3 sometimes beats the WD VelociRaptor 10,000RPM drives.