I do live in Canada as I metion below fo I expect some price differance/ Taxes/ shipping prices to make the parts a bit pricier. Also, i should mention that this is my first time building a computer myself.
Approximate Purchase Date: somewhere between three weeks to 4 months.
Budget Range/ Total Cost expected: $1,000 CDN -$2,800 CDN But I'm willing to go a bit higher if I need to.. when I mean a bit, I mean UNDER $3,000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing, Graphic Design/ Digital art, movies, music, web Browsing, General useage -ex: word processing
Are you buying a monitor: Maybe. I've considered as the power button on my current one is broken.
Parts to Upgrade: not sure.
Do you need to buy OS: No. Already Purchased.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com and futureshop.ca
Location: Sydney (cloest computer sores to my current home), Nova Scotia, Canada
Parts Preferences: AMD FX-8150 8-core, GeForce GTX 670
SLI or Crossfire: unsure. Some part I'm eying say SLI one other says Crossfire ready
Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768
Additional Comments: Looking into using a combination of Liquid Cooling and air cooling? Is this Possible? Case came with 5 fans preinstalled. I plan on only using 2 top fans, one fron fant and the two built int side fans. Case supports up to 7 fans and has rear apratures for Liquid cooling. If i invest in liquid cooling, i want the tubes to glow blue to coinside with the computer's black/ Blue color scheme. Also, considering my choice of parts, one friend says that i seem to have futureproofed this build to some extent. Have I?
Also one thing that I read on a fourm regarding my case is that if you want to use a second fan on the top of the case, the upper most drive bay MUST be free. This leaves me with 4 useable drivebays which I'm fine with.
Why Are You Upgrading?: I'm going from a HP slimeline to an actual sized computer. One complaint I have about my current PC -aka the Crabhammer-Is that It's difficult to upgrade as it needs special slimline designed parts. Also since it's a 32 Bit, my RAM Capacity is limited. That and the CD Bay doesn't live DVDs -both blank and movies/ game DVDs anymore.
List of parts NAMES THAT HAVE BEEN STRUCK OUT HAVE ALREADY BEEN BOUGHT
RAM: Corsair 16GB DDR3 Desktop Memory (newegg.com)
SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 480 GB [Will house O/S, Antvirus, and one game. Other things may also be installed on this. This will be my C Drive] (newegg.com)
HDD: Any HDD that's at least 3 TB. No preferance in brand. [This will house everything else from my other games to music and pictures etc. I can fill 1 177GB HDD no problem]
CD/ DVD Bays: LG Black CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive 3D Playback LightScribe Support - OEM [I'm getting 2 of these] (newegg.com)
motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX [This comes with 2x 4 GB Ram sticks which I'll be selling] (newegg.com)
Graphics/ video card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 (newegg.com)
CPU: AMD FX-8150 8-core [i know that people will try to say "but intel's better" but I love the AMD and Nvida combo i have in my Crabhammer so why not? Plus for an 8 core, this AMD CPU is relatively cheap considering] (newegg)
Powersuply: RAIDMAX HYBRID 530W Build-in Blue LED Fan [will upgrade if not enough power for my machiene but the price and the color has me sold!] (newegg.com)
Network card: Rosewill RC-400 Networking LAN Card With Heatsink & 4 LED indicators [willing to change/ upgrade] (newegg.com)
Fans: ZALMAN ZM-F3BL (Blue LED) 120mm CNPS Quiet Cooler Case Fan to match the fan on the top of my case. [Will be removing the fan on the back of the computer to accmodate a Liquidcooling system] (ebay.com or anywhere reliable)
Liquid cooling: I need help with this one. A good system/ kit that's not too expensive PLEASE! I'm hoping i can get it/ the tube to Light up. will tha requre LEDs or UV lights/tubing? Again the main color scheme of the computer is black and blue. I know i've seen one system a year or two ago where you could pull out a tray to add water. i want to place this in /around a free Drive bay. The HDD/ SDD are located behind the front fan -on the bottom front of the case- so they have their own little area.
So based on my parts do I need a liquid cooling system? The setup I invision has the tubes visable and lowing (UV tubes and UV lighting needed?) like you see in some google sear images on liquid cooling systems. Here's the thing: I have a basic understanding on Liquid cooling systems and I'd rather just buy a kit so i know i have all the right parts. Thankfully this site saved me from buying a horrible one that I had considered buying. Can anyone reccomend a good Liduid cooling system with the glowing tubing or what i may need to achieve that effect? Also, will tha Liquid cooling system work with 3 air fans (two top one front)? The font one will most likely need to stay as that one is positioned preaty much in the area where the HDD and SDD will he housed. If I can use a combination of the two will i need some sort of adapter to connect all the fans+ the Liquid coolinf system into one socket?
Considering I'm sinking about $2,000+ CDN on "The Torrent" -my name for this build and it's name has some half decent reasons, feel free to ask if you're curious about the origins of the name- I need a bit of help and tips as is my first build ever. Also, if you notice anything I can add or get rid of or even that is incompatable or needs more power from a better power supply etc. Please let me know.
PS: i'm not worried about the USB ports. the motherboard and Case combine provdes me with 10 USB ports in total (6x 2.0 and 4x 3.0)
If you need more detail or have any questions/ comments, feel free to let me know.
Edit: PLEASE don't tell me to go with an Intel processor. I've already made my choice. I'll get a better one for less money. Yes I know Intel's preformance may be a bit better in some areas but I'll be happier and better off with the FX-8150.
About the SSD/ HDD combo extra space will used up don't worry. And I can fill a 177 GB HDD no problem.
Also, since my specs may seem overpowered, can anyone tell me if it's futureproofed to some extent or not?
Edited by TidalWaves, 19 October 2012 - 02:18 PM.