I just got a deal on a i7 2600k, so the time has come for me to build a new system.
Approximate Purchase Date: This week.
Budget Range: $800-$1200, but very flexible
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: Current part plans are listed below.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
I got it for $150, so this is set. I hear the stock cooling does 4.4 ghz easily, so I'm planning on sticking with it.
Motherboard: MSI P67A-C43 (B3)
I'm leaning towards this one because I don't intend to use crossfire or sli, so as far as I can tell I only need the 1 PCI-E slot.
Undecided, leaning towards: CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) -DDR3 2000
I'm not really sure what the performance return is on the faster ram, I've read that you get diminishing returns over ddr3 1600 but I can't find a recent article on the subject. I'm also not sure if there is any benefit to going over 8 GB, or where that line is. Advice here would be appreciated.
I would say everything is good, except you could probably get a smaller PSU and save money there. 600-650w should be plenty. I am not sure about SSD's myself, I do not have experience with them hands on.
MoBo - The Asus has been winning most of the Editor's Choice and OC awards but go w/ what makes ya comfy. I'd reconsider SLI / CF as it does extend the life of a system 12-18 months with a relatively cheap upgrade.
RAM - DDR3-1600, lowest CAS ya can afford. Here's my 1st choice (Mushkin Redline CAS 7):
Case - The 922 has been in many, many of my builds, but it's getting a bit "long in the tooth". CM has the HAF-X to compete w/ the DF-85 but have put forth no answer to the features provided in the DF-35.
PSU - 850 is way large for a single GFX card. A decent 650 watter is golden for just about anything but a 590 / 6970. Corsair HX, Antec CP or SG, Seasonix X have been my 1st choices but the XFX Black has been killing them on proces ....till two days ago.
For a less expensive alternate to a Corsair TX, I';d suggest an Antec TP New or XFX Core Edition: