Also building my first PC. Read postings from KOKINOSG, but need to tweak config as NewEgg doesn't seem to have i5-2500, also gaming demands are little more modest. Here is my config from Canada Computers: Intel Core i5-2500 Quad-Core and Asus P8P67 LE Combo
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD 6850 Chipset (775Mhz) 1GB GDDR5 (4000Mhz) Memory HD Audio Triple Display (Dual DVI) /HDMI/Display Port PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card
Seagate Barracuda (ST31000528AS) 7200.12 SATA 3.0Gb/s 1000GB (1TB) 32MB Cache (OEM)
Antec Two Hundred V2 Mid Tower Gaming Case
ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black SATA 24X DVD-Writer 24xDVD R/-R 24xDVD /-R DL 8xDVD RW/6xDVD-RW 48xCD-R OEM
Corsair CMPSU-430CX 430W Power Supply
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM)
G.SKILL ECO Series DDR3 1333MHz (PC3-10666) 4GB (2x2GB) Dual Channel Kit (F3-10666CL8D-4GBECO)
Questions are: 1. will this work? Specifically is Memory correct and PS adequate. (not expecting to add 2nd GPU later)
2. Would be tempted to go for 6950 GPU. What would I need to change for this?
3. Hate noise, any suggestions to keep it quiet?
Much thanks in advance. My son will love building this, he wants to be an Engineer.
The SandyBridge P67 chipset was recalled, and you won't be able to purchase a motherboard until maybe April. If you do not want to wait, this Core i5-760 is recommended. Here is a compatible LGA 1156 motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3
Memory is adequate. PSU is minimum, and I would not want to overclock with that little overhead (as your soon to be engineer son really should practice). Try getting 500 to 600 watts to be comfortable. This might do: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W , although the Corsair brand is actually better, just more expensive. If you upgrade to the 6950, then you will definitely need more power.