So I'm your average high school kid who loves gaming (mostly Starcraft II and WoW) and I'm looking to build myself a new rig.
While I am mostly looking for a new computer that performs well, the reason I've decided to build my own pc- other than the obvious reduction in price- is because it seems something interesting to do and to learn what parts of computers do what. However, that's a little background that has nothing to do with what I'm here for.
On to the fun part:
So as I mentioned above I'm hoping to aim in the 1300-1700 range.
I already have:
And I am lucky enough to have 4 hard drives due to the good fortune of knowing people who work in the hard drive business.
3x 160g 10,000 rpm
1x TB 7,200 rpm
Other than that I have nothing as everything else I have currently seems to be out of date now
So now feel free to mix and match as you please, and I'll figure everything out as we go along.
P.S. I'm grateful in advance to those who take time out of their days to help me.
Gaming wise the i5 2500k Sandy Bridge CPU is the BEST solution right now. Since your budget was good, I through in a GTX 570 GPU, which is more than enough for the games you play @1920x1080 with all the bells and whistles turned on. I also added an SSD drive (Sandforce based) Since you wanted to learn with the build, you might as well have some high tech Bling. For additional Bling effect (that teenagers need) I went with the ASUS Sabertooth MB and a top down CPU cooler to take advantage of the MB's "TUF Thermal Armor - Total Airflow-Boosting Heat Dissipation" technology. All of this put in a bad @$$ looking CM Storm Scout case with Red LED fans.
I put this together on Newegg.com. If live near a Microcenter you might be able to find some deals on 'in store only' items and save some more money:
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series FM-25S2S-120GBSR 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820231415
$1,500.91 before shipping and MIR's
I would put your three 10000rpm drives in RAID 5 on the Intel SATA controller and the SSD on the Marvell SATA controller (with the OS on it and set as you boot drive. I would put your 1TB drive on the other Marvell port.
the i5 2500K overclocks to about 4.5Ghz on just air cooling. so you can learn about OCing after you get it built.
HDD - Take those 160GB 10k RPM drives and set them up in a RAID 1 config for your OS / boot drive. You will get good read speeds and have some redundancy. Use the 1TB drive for applicaiton installs and / or storage.
The above is roughly $905 (minus the case cost) and sets you up for a nice machine that is ready to be overclocked. If you don't have any intention of overclocking, then change the CPU to a non-K series processor and the motherboard to an H67 chipset instead of P67.
So it seems my friend also has some SSD's he's willing to lend me so that gives me like an extra 200-300 $. I'm thinking about just upgrading my GPU because I can, or what else would be a wise investment for around 200-300