djtech2k Posted December 31, 2007 Posted December 31, 2007 Ok, so it looks like I have the rig in my sig sold so I need to begin spec'ing out a new one. I have not built one in about 2 years, so I am learning the latest stuff as I go. I am looking for advice/comments/deals to help me out. I do a lot of gaming and heavy app lifting. I am going to note some of what I want or have looked at thus far. Please comment on, recommend, or answer any of all. I am willing to build my own or buy a package. For packages, so far www.cyperpowerpc.com and ibuypower.com seem to be the best choices. However, if I build my own I will handle it all. BUDGET: I want to stay as far below $2000 as possible, but am not dead set on any number yet. My old rig sale will only take a chunk out, so under $2k would be nice, but I want something nice so I will consider a little more. CASE: Looking at coolermaster stacker 830 or coolermaster cosmos. I want something that has excellent cooling but I do not want to do case modding. I have Antec P180 now and like it. Wiring is a bit tight, but I like the case. CPU: Intel core2duo or quad. I wants something relatively fast and something I can oc a little bit as well without 500 hours or work. Is the penryn available and is it much better? MB: Solid, stable board. I would prefer newest technologies like pciev2 and newest other stuff like fastest FSB and memory. I have questions about like the memory and fsb. I have seen some boards that do 1333 and 1600 on the FSB and some that take DDR2 800, DDR2 1200, and DDR3 memory. What is best? I read more about the Asus P5E. I dont know much more yet though. RAM: I want minimum 4GB fast, oc capable memory. I know the board determines the type/speed, but I'd rather buy something fast so its more future ready and not obsolete in 3 months. VIDEO: Nice..I am open, but am probably looking at SLI with (2)8800GT or something nice. PSU: Need something powerful to handle SLI and have plenty of power. Some sites say 650 or 750 will do for an SLI, but I am not sure. HD: I want SATA for sure. I am thinking (1) 10k 150GB OS drive and a second normal storage drive of at least 500GB or 1TB. I am unsure about RAID....I had it before in RAID0 on the boot drive and it screwed up. I have (2)160GB drives I can bring with me to this system but they are 2 years old so I will only use them as extras or something. COOLING: Want to keep everything cool. Considering liquid cooling, but am afraid of it and dont wanna spend all my money on it. If not liquid, then damn good air cooling. Some kits come with it, but again I am a bit afraid of leaking and such but like the idea of good cooling, oc, etc while being silent. DRIVES: DVD-RW dual layer, dual format. Also a second CDRW. SOUND: Something good for gaming. IDK much about sound. Quote Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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