Well its been well over 5 months now that ive been saving and i finally have enough to build a high-end machine. The thing is this will be the first PC i have ever built. So im going to need some suggestions, if the hardware that i have chosen is good or not, so please read on for my specs.
Case: Thermaltake Armor series, very nice case and its big, when i saw it in person it was even bigger then i thought. Has 3 fans: 2x120mm and one 90mm.
HD: Western Digital Raptor 150GB 3.5" Serial ATA150, well all i know about this is 10k rpm is good to have so is the 16mb cache, but i have no cluse what that means, does it mean the retrival rating of files and how fast things are put onto the HD? Also this is one pricey HD and for the same price i could get 500gb @ 7200, so is the WD HD worth it?
RAM: CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory, ok i dont know much about ram expet that the speed has to match the mobo and the functions it preforms other then that, meh. Any suggestions would be nice.
Mobo: DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard, same problem as the ram all i know is the motherboards function, but as far as brand names go this is the best i think. Again suggestions greatly appreciated.
Psu: Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W, umm it gives power the comp? Please any suggestion :P
Cpu: Ok this is my biggest problem, right now i have my eye on the very sexy FX-60, but its quite price, but its a dual core and its freaking fast. Another "but" is that its the same speed as the fx-57, and the fx-57 is $200 less but its not dual core. My dilemma is, yes the fx-60 is sexy but if its more over kill then anything else, should i just get the fx-57. I do have the money for it, but who doesnt want to save $200. And i know its dependent on what ill be doing, so heres a list of some of the things: harcore gaming, video editing, very minimal music editing, some art and 3d art, and the other regular stuff. You guys can ignore everything else but this is the most important thing.
GPU:eVGA 512-P2-N570-AX Geforce 7900GTX 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16, im not going to get the Superclocked version becuase form what ive read its very buggy.
Monitor: I think ill just be using my 42" plasma, the native res i think is 1600x1400 or 1200 im not sure about the last part. I have put a PC onto the tv with a DVI connector and it looks awesome, so i should be fine here.
Sound: I have a 5.1 sound system that works just fine. Im not a sound freak :P
OS: I am getting windows xp, but i dont know if i should get the pro or home edition.
Additional things id like to get but if they are not needed please tell me: fan controls, a heat sink for OC, a heatsink for my GPU, temp guage. If you guys know of any other hardware ill need please post it.
So in conclusion thank you for reading through my long *** post, and thank for any suggestions and advice. Ill be posting my comps pics by then end of the next month, still need 2 more paychecks >_>