A few years ago I was really into PC hardware... reading forums and reviews all day. I got busy and have gotten 'out of the loop' so I'm hoping you guys can help me out. I've spent the last few days reading some boards and trying to catch up on all the new stuff I've missed.
This PC will be for gaming (I'll probably be getting tied up in Vanguard soon), Photoshop, and the net.
I will be doing moderate overclocking to milk some performance out of my money so keep that in mind.
Budget: $1200 Max
That $1200 just includes essential parts (proc, mobo, ram, etc) I'll be using CD drives, speakers, keyboard, etc from what I have already. This is what I've come up with so far...
You have some really good specs there so far. You'll definitely be able to do some decent overclocking.
Great vid card, great mobo, good RAM, great CPU choice.
You can go with the 6300, however, to save some money. It overclocks like a champ, and since you won't be doing hardcore OC'ing, you'll do just fine with the 6300. So consider that to save some money.
Ok, PSU. Don't cheap out here. PLEASE. You'll regret it otherwise. Spend a bit of money and get something decent. Since your budget it getting tight though, take a look at either FSP or Hiper PSU's......around 500-550w. That'll do you and shouldn't break the bank either.
Heatsink. The stock heatsink on the C2D CPUs is actually quite good, believe it or not. You don't really need an aftermarket one unless you're doing some high overclocking. So I'd suggest you go with the stock one for now, save some money there, put that money into a good PSU, and then consider an aftermarket HSF later if you want to overclock. You can use the stock one now, save some money for later if you want an aftermarket HSF, and get better PSU now too. It's a win-win situation for you
Enough is always tough to figure. Quick scan of PSU on Newegg found 2 and I think your choice is a little better. Other has good name, and the rebate makes the price the same. Both modular. Thermaltake 520 W