I need a little help on what to buy for a gaming system. What I have already bought are:
Samsung 215TW monitor
Microsoft Natural keyboard
Logitech G7 Laser Cordless Mouse
Hitachi 500GB SATA Hard Drive
Seagate 200GB IDE Hard drive
Samsung 18x DVD+-R burner w/ 12x DVD-RAM, LightScribe
Nvidia EVGA 7900gto 512mb PCIe
What I'm looking for are the other main parts. Also, since the computer will be in my room, i don't want it to be loud. I'm thinking about water cooling the CPU and GPU. And of course overclocking.
CPU: I think I'm going for the E6600 core 2 duo. Hoping to OC it between 3.4-3.8 GHZ
Motherboard: What is a good one for this chip? I'm looking for one that has 2 PCIe x16 (for future SLI, once it gets cheaper), and heat pipes/heatsink (instead of fans) that cools the chipsets.
Memory:2gb ddr2 800 (a good one that can help over clock)
PSU: SLI and quiet. A 500-600W one. Maybe one with Active PFC. Oh and no neon light. If I'm running it at night, i don't want the light to blind me while I sleep.
CASE: One that is Liquid cool friendly (either holes in the back for the tubing or enough room inside for everything, If I decide on liquid cooling). I don't care much on how it look, just that it doesn't keep the heat in. And no lights either
Main HardDrive: how quiet are the raptors? I'm looking for a quiet one. I don't need a large one since this is mainly for the OS and other programs like adobe and the 500gb one I have, for games and other stuff.
Lastely Liquid cooling: Are the pumps quiet? I've read some articles on water cooling but none talked about the dBA of the pumps. If I do go with liquid cooling, do I need another fan in the case to draw the air out the back?
Is liquid cooling worth the extra $250+ cost? vs quietness and vs air overclocking ability?
Budget: Around $1200, the less the better. I can wait for another month or two for better pricing on these.
Edited * Pulled another 200 together for a good system.