After some a long while of advice and research, I've come up with a spec list for my 1st PC build. Just for background its a PC I'll take to uni, fairly fast and high end and capable of multitasking, capturing/editing video and playing DX9 games well and perhaps some early DX10. The idea is to create a strong PC that will itself last a good few years as well as providing room to upgrade with upcoming releases.
The following is a list of the parts I have chosen and my reasons behind it: CASE
- Coolermaster Mystique 632S
Sturdy steel model, good cooling with 2x120mm fans, sockets for liquid cooling, attractive designMOBO
- Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
Has all the features I need, good quality and value from a well known brand, I've read a few good reviews, potential to upgrade with Penryn, the higher models with CF support is of no use to me nor is DDR3 support (dual with DDR2 or otherwise), plenty of SATA connectors, no firewire but I don't use it much and I'll probably add 1 later on a fan controller or PCI card, I've also seen people use it with the E6750 and get reasonable overclocks so hopefully with good RAM this will be possibleCPU
- Intel E6750
Best price/perf value, latest 1333FSB, cheaper than E6700, overclockability headroomRAM
- Crucial Ballistix 2GB
PC2-6400 DDR2, has shown overclockability to above PC2-8500, well known brand, special deal good value, attractive designGRAPHICS CARD
- eVGA 8800GTS 320MB
Best value high end card, very good DX9 capability, early DX10 capability, plenty of GDDR3 RAM, performance similar to 640MB versionHDD
- Samsung Spinpoint T166-HD501LJ
Large hard-drive for lots of media I gather, fast and efficient model, lots of good reviews, will allow a few good sized partitions
N.B. No RAID for now as from what I read it seems to complicate more than its worth. Will continue to use external backups for now and perhaps opt for this in the future.PSU (& PERIPHERALS)
- Corsair HX 520W
Well know and popular power supply, reasonably quiet, good reviews, modular, lots of power to cover future additions of 2 DVD-RW drives, memory card reader bay, TV Tuner card to name the ones I have planned so far...
So this is where I am now. Please let me know how I am doing, where I am right and wrong and offer your thoughts on how you would do it differently but most importantly what the best choice would be in my situation. Please note that all the links I have included are the sites from which I would probably buy the products if I decided on them. eBuyer seems to be particularly cheap and offers free delivery but I've read a few bad reviews which makes me nervous - any first hand experience? Any other recommended retailers would also be useful.
Looking forward to your views. Many thanks