Hey guys. I've been looking for a good PC forum to get some help, and this looks like a great community.
In a month or so I want to build my first PC. I really don't know a whole lot about hardware, so I need some help deciding what to get. My budget is $2000, but if I don't have to spend it all that would be a plus. The computer will be used for everything. Gaming, HD video editing, photo editing and some music production., etc... One major reason I want a new PC is for the upcoming BF3.
I've just done a little bit of research and I think I have a basic idea of what I want, but I need some help making sure everything is compatible and if it's a good idea to get it.
So far I'm thinking:
Intel Core i7 2600k CPU - $330
MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) 1155 Intel P67 Motherboard - $164
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 Memory* - $95
Intel X25-M 2.5" 120GB SATA II SSD - $230
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 Video Card - $350
CORSAIR HX Series 850W Power Supply - $165
ZALMAN 135mm CPU Cooler - $70
LG 10X Blu-ray Burner - $90
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case - $54
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit - $140
I'm not sure if that is the best RAM. On the motherboard specs it says 1600 is compatible, but theres an asterisk so I don't know what that means.
Would that be a pretty decent setup? Will all of that work together? Is there anything I should change?
I'm also looking for a guide or walkthrough on how to properly build a computer. I want to make sure I do it properly.
The GTX 560 Ti at factory OC'd 900 MHz is a rockin card. It benches close on the heels of the 570 and 6970. AT current prices, ya could have two of them and come in $100 below budget . And it can be easily OC's to 1000 MHz (see comparable Asus Cu model review at bottom of page here)
As for a guide .... the Motherboard manual will be a pretty good guide. I'd suggest that you download the manual and print it on the day you order ya parts. Read it, highlight it, study it, and then when parts arrive you will be ready to go.