I'm building my dream machine (just the box) but need your expert advice since I haven't been able to search and find/understand it.
Fast Gaming (No Benching)
Not too noisy
Budget $4000 USD
What I have on my list so far:
Cooling: VAPOCHILL Light Speed
Cooling: Swiftech H20-120 (Rev. 3) series Liquid Cooling Kits 1/2"
Cooling: VGA block(s)?
Power: PC Power & Cooling: 510 SLI
MB: DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-D
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 (939) 3500+ 512KB 90nm
RAM: 2gigs of ??
Video: eVGA nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT
Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS
HD: Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM SATA Hard Drive
Where I especailly need help:
1) CPU --- Do I have to get FX to do major overclocks? Update: benefit to cost not big enough
2) Cooling: VGA block(s)??--- Eventually going SLI. thinking of Innovatek Cool-Matic NV40 (only 3/8"tubing) or custom block (see other post http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...t=49924&page=1). Do I really need to cool other components on the card(s)?
3) RAM: 2gigs of ?? --- I've read posts for 2 vs 1gigs. I've decided on getting 2gigs. Considering G.SKILL PC4400/3200 F1-3200DSU2-1GBLE 1024MB kit or OCZ VX - OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 / 400MHz. Even after reading all that I could about these I'm still uncertain which is best for me. AND these don't come in 2x1024 kits...so do I get 4 modules?