aznshinobi , I like the 5770. The 6850 costs more than the card I had to begin with (looking to spend at max $140 for a card). The build looks good too. Could you tell me how the build on that site beats mine in all areas?
Well I'm glad you looked at my site makes me real happy
The 950 and i5 2500(K) is practically the same performance, the difference is the i5 2500(K) has a lot of things that are pretty good one is Overclocking, you wont be using it so that doesn't matter, but also the new p67 chips have a lower power consumption and produce less heat than the old i7's and i5's. The i5 2500K also utilizes 32nm, not exactly sure the help it brings, but I do know it's related to OCing.
Ram, it is just a budget ram, but the ram is really pretty decent. G.Skill has made a rep to supply cheap but great ram at the same time. Probably will just perform the same as your corsairs.
PSU! The psu is a great psu, silver rating and so you can be assured that every bit of power is transfered nice and good. However since your not exactly using the most power consuming thing (My build on the site was with the thought of expansion IE Crossfire or SLI which is why I chose a 750w psu) you could just get like 650 XFX psu for 100$ or something along that line.
Case, meh I like both, the HAF 922 does offer more easy cable management though and is a bit newer.
Alrighty. Well, I'll keep moving along here with questions till I'm super comfortable XD!
I like the i5 2500 after looking at it. Heck, I even SAVE $100 for the SAME performance! Let's say I go with your build from that site.. would the graphics card I originally had work fine in it? I would like to up the ram to at least 8 gigs.
Say I go with most of what I have so far.. would the i5 2500 work in that x58 motherboard?
How does the motherboard on the site beat the x58? (I read the x58 is good about keeping the heat down because of the material it's made out of)
I am going all windows 7. Both boards support windows 7 correct?
I'll keep thinking here while I wait for your reply
Well it's kind of hard to compare mobos. It really all depends on the user. For instance a lot of people like the Asus Crosshair or Maximus series motherboards because they OC really high really smoothly. I personally think that ROG is just a marketing scheme however it is true that ROG Overclocks really well. Now you've heard one of the names of great overclocking motherboards. Asus is one of the big brands when it comes to Overclocking. I personally like MSI and their Fuzion series motherboards (don't mix that up with the AMD Fusion).
No since your not overclocking, it is kind of pointless for a motherboard that can sustain high clock rates. So you could just get a cheap mother board. The motherboard on the site is a low priced but still good motherboard. It is one of the cheaper boards that run Crossfire at 8x/8x instead of Asus's 16x/4x. And Asrock isn't exactly a big name compared to say Gigabyte, MSI or Asus. But Asrock has been slowly making improvements.
X58 is just the socket, cooling is related to the Manufacturer moreover. For instance if you look on a motherboards picture (the best example is the EVGA X58 Classifieds) they have huge north and south bridge coolers to keep the mobo cool. Another thing to keep the life of a board longer is also the capacitors. So I like Asrock because they are cheap but they add gold capacitors to their mobos.
Anyway I find mobos just to be all the same if it's over 150$ (Depending on the company) others find the need to spend 300$ on a motherboard but I feel getting the Extreme4 or something like the Extreme6 is good enough, no reason to spend money that could be put towards a graphics card or a better cpu.
Alright. I respect and understand what you are saying. I do like the motherboard that is on that site. I have been reading about it and it has its issues. Many were saying that comes shipped with some defect.
What boards out there support the i5 2500 processor? If the one on the site is good, it won't hurt to upgrade to the "pro" version of it? I know that the i5 is using 1155 socket. (I read about that too, Intel coming out with SO many sockets...) So, I know I need a board that is compatible with 1155 socket.
look at this board? I saw it on amazon. Just throwing it out there. I need something reliable xD.
Well the board on the site is that board and all the reviews look fine. The 1st board you posted is just a marketing scheme in my opinion. the "tactical vest" seems like something interesting but just a marketing scheme. Should you want something reliable, I've had my MSI GD70 790FX for a little over a year now maintaining a stock voltage 955 @ 3.6ghz and it runs real nice with no problems. The best thing about MSI boards they have a reset CMOS button so you don't have to use the jumper. And well it's pretty reliable IMO.