I am trying to create a parts list so that I can build a new gaming PC to replace my aging laptop. However, there are some parts I am a little unsure of what to pick out and I wanted to ask for some feedback on the general build of the computer. The budget of the computer is approximately $1500
Goals: I would like to keep SLI graphics as an option(Another Gefore GTX 570 at a much later date) so if this setup wouldnt let that happen please let me know. I also would like to keep overclocking on the CPU as an option so any help with that would also greatly be appreciated
Usage: I mainly play strategy games like starcraft 2 and the total war series, in addition to RPGs like dragon age origins or Fallout. My monitor will be a 22' Samsung T220HD that has a resolution of 1680x1050. Keyboard, Mouse, and OS(Windows 7) are not included in the budget.
Any feedback you may have towards anything please post! Parts List:
HD - Green means power savings (aka slower) .... good for enterprise with 2000 HD's, the extra watt won't affect your utility bills. Caviar Black, 7200.12, F3 all good .... each one exceeds in certain areas, no overall winner. Get 1 TB model. Currently Seagate has a "shell shocker" promo.
Cooler - If not going to OC above 4.6 Ghz, no need for a 3rd party cooler. The 212 "was"a great buy, but considering the relative performance to the Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG 2100, the Scythe is worth the extra $10. That will require a TIM, by the way.
For gaming, the GTX570 is a fine choice. It will do well with a 1920 x 1200 monitor.
The 2600K is also a fine cpu, but at $100 more than a 2500K it is not a good value if $100 means anything to you.
Few games use more than two cores, let alone 4, and hyperthreading on a 4 core gamer is pointless. You would do better to spend that extra $100 on a GTX580. It should serve without needing sli at least until the next gen cards arrive next year.