I am desperately in need of an upgrade. My computer is now about 7 years old and I've been forced into console gaming for the last few years because of being a student and having no money. But now I have some and can get back into computer gaming! But I need some help because I am out of the loop when it comes to new components.
Budget: $1000 - $1500 ish. This isn't a strict budget just around what I'm shooting for. If it is really worth it to spend a little more for a certain component I am not apposed to doing so.
System Usage: Gaming. I am building this computer mainly for Diablo 3 when it comes out, so I would like to be able to run it on max settings, as well as Starcraft 2 in the meantime as I wait. I understand Diablo 3 probably won't be the most graphically demanding game, so I would like to go a bit overkill.
Parts Required: Tower only. I will pick a monitor to suit the build after, suggestions are welcome.
Second, the RAM you have listed will not work for the MoBos you have listed. They both have quad-channel memory which worked with either 2 or 4 sticks of RAM, but not the 3 sticks you have listed which are for triple-channel memory.
Third, why are you choosing between two GPUs? Both are compatible with either Intel or AMD CPUs, so do not base this decision on the CPU you choose, but rather on which GPU you would prefer.
Also, unless you are planning on over-clocking, you do not need an additional CPU cooler, as retail packaged CPUs come with sufficient coolers.
I would say unless you want to spend a lot of money, stay away from SSD's. They are y are definitely faster, but it's really something for enthusiasts IMO. If you ware going to Crossfire, I would get a little bigger PSU. I am paranoid about PSUs, so 750 may be fine, but I would go 850 at least.
On the memory, timings are important, but you probably are not going to notice a huge benefit from 9-9-9 to 5-5-5. Also, 8G (2x4G) is under 100$ cheap as heck, I would get the 8.
I have the Antec 900 And I love it. Nice case to work in for sure. And it does have good airflow.
You don't need an aftermarket CPU Cooler unless you are OCing. I actually have OC my e7200 on stock cooling, but I'm not sure if newer CPUs run hotter.
I would go with AMD personally. They are a ton cheaper and have great speeds.
@ James - Thanks for the help. I've updated my build now to just stick with Intel / Nvidia, I ditched the CPU cooler and changed my RAM.
I'll make sure to check that PSU calculator to make sure 750W is enough
@Zebra - Thats what I was hoping to hear about SSD. Maybe in a year or so I'll pick one up.
I'll look into what 2x8GB memory they have there, why not get another 2GB.
Good to hear about the case, I like how it looks to.
I've ditched the CPU cooler now
And now you've made it interesting with the AMD comment..... hmmmm
I built my system for recently for the exact same reason....D3! My parts are as follows and what I paid (after rebates in the US):
CPU - i5 2500k - $230
Ram - 8GB PNY Optima - $47
MB - MSI P67A - GD65 - $180 (more than i wanted to spend...supply and demand)
PSU - XFX 850W Black Edition - $90
HD - OCZ SSD 90GB and 2TB Hitachi - $160
Case - Antec 902 - $75
GPU - Waiting to buy that towards end of year, when I need for new games...I am using GTS250 from old build. I want to wait and buy these last as it seems they have new ones like clock work and I want to get a good deal on 2 for SLI or CF - About a $100 card right now, but only paid like $85.
so about $900 right now, and I have about the same budget as you. I have monitor and I did buy a 3pack of windows for machines in my house. I did get an aftermarket cooler, the Corsair A50, but was only $10 so nothing big there. You can find the Cooler Master 212 for around $20 -$25 at times, so if you want to overclock, wait for a good deal on that, as it does real well with the Sandy Bridge.