I'm mainly worried about compatibility and I'm not entirely committed to everything, these are just parts I've read about and felt they were pretty solid choices. Any changes or suggestions are welcome. I've never over clocked but I'm interested in taking the 2500k over 4Ghz.
*edit: updated RAM, PSU, case and monitor based on suggestions, decided to keep the 6950 because I'd like to unlock it to a 6970.
But anyway, that looks like a solid build. The 2500K doesn't really need anymore than a stock HSF as the stock can take the 2500K over 4ghz to 4.6ghz. But if you want to get a Hyper 212+ don't get it from the egg, get it from Amazon in my link or my siggy.
Thanks for the suggestions, the PSU+Win7 combo seems good (if I cant get a free one from my brother-in-law in college) the monitor is a good deal as well.
I have a few questions about the case, GPU and RAM.
Would the 570 be better than a 6950 unlocked to a 6970?
Does the cas latency difference (CL9 9-9-9-24 vs CL7 7-7-7-21) matter when over clocking? I'd like to over clock the 2500k to over 4Ghz but not too high as I don't want unnecessary heat while it's running multiple programs.
Also, the only noticeable difference I found between the cases is the 932 has the USB 3.0 ports on the front whereas the 922 only has 2.0, I'm not sure what gets the best use of 3.0 so I'm unsure if it matters or not having it in the front.
I would suggest getting a 6950 and unlocking it (personally since I'm an AMD fan) but also because the 2gb of VRAM will help in hi-res gameplay/gaming.
As for CL, it doesn't really matter anymore as the SB series made overclocking so easy, the memory hardly matters anymore. 80$ memory could perform what 150$ memory needed to do.
As for cases, I think your talking about the 942 right? The HAF X, that has USB 3 the HAF 932 doesn't. USB 3 isn't really something needed now as things with USB 3 will need some time to get into mainstream. It's a slow process but eventually USB 3 will be mainstream, the 922 would be a budget choice though.
the Upgrade is for people that have XP or Vista and want to go to Win7. As for installing lots of guides on Youtube. But basically just put the CD in the drive bay, go into bios prior though and set the launch from HDD to CD/DVD rom (then select the drive Win7 is in). From there it should be like installing a game. Cept longer.