I am deployed at the moment and a good friend of mine had a MB failure so I gave him my 2 year old computer that he built for me. The computer I gave away was on a x-fire setup with an amd phenom 2 x4 with an asrock mb, I had problems with the ocz fatality ram not running at the correct speeds and never actually got it to run stable at it's proper ram. To avoid some of these problems, I have decided to come to these forums, where men more savvy can help me, if they decide. I have ran amd/ati setups on my last two rigs, both gaming. I am Interested in running something a little different. This is my first solo build. My Plan follows:
I am also open to other ideas in regards to the pieces I don't necessarily have a spending limit, but would like to keep the price between 800-1000 with cost efficient choices. I don't need harddrives, OS, or a monitor.
memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
I can go up or down on pretty much any of this, but like I said, I'd really like to stay between 800-1000 if at all possible. The items I put here may be in that range, or they may be over or under, just looking for ideas about what I could change up or down to maximize each piece of this system. This system will be ordered in the next week. It will be used for two weeks, then sit for 9 months, but I don't want to use my laptop for gaming on vacation, even for two weeks.
For Gaming, I would recommend the I5-2500K, as you don't need the hyper-threading of the 2600 series. I also would recommend a PSU from a known maker(Corsair, Seasonic, Antec Earthwatts, PCP&C, and some of the new XFX Black editions)in the 750 watt range. you don't need 900 watts if you have a GOOD PSU
As for RAM, you really don't need more than 4GB for gaming, but 8GB (2x4GB) seems to be the sweet spot. Two sticks are easier to set up(only uses 2 slots) and gives you the capability to upgrade later if needed.
The GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3-B3 motherboard is CrossfireX only (not SLI) so I've switched you over to a HD 6950 video card.
Also this board does CFX @ x16/x4 which is less ideal than the usual x8/x8, but not a total downcheck on the MB.
The good news is the board is in stock @ NewEgg (at least as of this post)
I found a combo deal on the i5 2500K CPU and Lanboy Yellow/Black case. $38 off in the combo deal.