some clarification, i will overclock to 3.0Ghz at least, no SLI, and i will be playing intense games, but not too much. so should i get one of he two hsf? and if yes which one? and how much power supply is reccomended for my build? is 500w enough? thanks
500W could work but I would recommend getting the 700W because a power supply is one of the few components that can be kept for several builds... I would get the Xigmatek. Finally, if you're playing intense games then you ought to upgrade you're graphics card to say a 4890... Is what I'm trying to say is that you're CPU has too much power compared to you're graphics card imo.
Thanks for all your suggestions. But I have one more question. Will I be able to run my bios without the memory? Because my memory runs at 1600, but my motherboard allows 1333, but it can run at 1600 overclocked.
Yes, your motherboard will either default it to 1333 or 1066 memory, even though your memory is 1600. You will need to go into the BIOS and adjust it to 1600 (overclocking your memory to it's default settings).
I would have to agree with keeping your stock hsf if your only going for a 3.0ghz overclock and that would help save money for a better gpu. As your only doing casual work (aka barely straining your cpu) then your gpu might become a bottleneck when your gaming. And really a radeon hd 4870 or 4890/ or the nvidia route of gtx 260 or 275. I personally have a 275 and it plays pretty much anything at highest or close to highest. I would say this to be about the same as the 4890 and the 260 close to the 4870
ok, i will use the stock fan and not buy the xigmatek. so i calculated the new total without the fan, gpu, and the power supply and it is 750. so i have 250 to buy a power supply and gpu. would someone recommend a power supply 500-600w for 50-75$? and maybe a gpu depending on the price of the psu. thanks.
here are some options i think a pretty good http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ 600watt PSU $79 $54 after mail in rebate.
I saw this and was impressed OCZ is a pretty nice company plus it's 600 watts and is semi modular which i think is great. you get a better price but then modular but your going to use some of the cables regardless so you'll use the attached ones then add what you need
gtx 260 $184
plus you get a free call of duty game and terminator game or movie idk haha. I personally have an evga gtx 275 and they are great. you'll get there support which is world class. and when i got my card I got the a free COD World at war from newegg plus i got another game from evga after i register
but of course you can i would say any of these would do just fine for playing games a nice resolution a pretty good settings
wow, i was looking at the same power supply, and i have a promo code for it for an extra 10$. and i decided to go with the gts 250, because i think it will be good enough, and if it isnt, i might just sli. so im going with the ocz psu and the gts 250 still. thanks for the reply.