First time builder who knows enough about computers to be a danger to himself. I've spent a good bit of time over the past week looking over this site and others on how build/what to buy. I feel pretty confident in my final product, but wanted to ask the experts opinion.
The computer will be used for streaming games (NHL/MLB), video chat, and some photo and video editing. I'd also like the ability to hook up 2 monitors.
I've got no problem going overkill in order to make this a future build that will last me for the next 4-6 years. I'll be paying in Euros (40% discount) so money isn't too much of an issue, but I don't want to overspend just to overspend.
Comments: I looked also at the WD Caviar Green 2TB, but after reading the recent comments on Newegg it seems like a lot have been DOA.
$90 CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supplyhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Comments: From what I've read, this is the best price/performance PSU, especially since I'll be hooking it up over in Europe and probably over in the States later on.
All together with combo discounts and promotions the final price is $910.
Any comments/ suggestions/changes anyone would make to my build, would be greatly appreciated. Additionally, outside of screwing\plugging everything into the case and setting up Windows, how much additional work will be required? I doubt I'll be overclocking.
If you don't need a computer right now you might want to wait for the z68 boards to come out. Since you won't be doing any gaming you can just use the on board graphics card which I think is better than the 4670 plus comes with quick sync for your photo and video editing.
If that's the case go with an H67 board and skip out on the graphics card. Since you aren't overclocking you really have no use for a p67 board. You also won't need an aftermarket cpu cooler as the 2600k will stay nice and cold on the stock cooler.
Thanks for the advice guys! I'll go with the ASUS you recommended Crewton, it should be in stock next week which works for me.
I'm not 100% sure I will be doing any overclocking or hyperthreading. The 2600K purchase was mostly a future proofing purchase for me. Is it overkill if this is a computer I plan on keeping for the next ~5 years (if it doesn't die first)?
After reading some other threads I noticed I didn't fill out the specs:
Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))
Budget Range: (e.g.: 800-1000) After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: streaming games, movies,TV, video chat (google/skype),video chat, and some video / photo editing.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA (paying in Euros)
Parts Preferences: Have heard/read good things about ASUS, but am not married to getting one
The 2500k and 2600k are really designed for overclocking and they made it a whole lot easier than it used to be. You can read up on the overclocking thread or google asus overclocking but it pretty much just requires you to turn off the energy saving features and then just increase the multiplier as high as you can until BSOD. I think Asus has the easy oc feature as well to get it to 4.2Ghz without you having to do anything.
The only problem with future proofing is the rate at which processors increase I think you can get 5+ years out of it since you aren't doing things that will require a lot of cpu power. I think in the next 2 years we'll be seeing 6+Ghz processors as the norm making ours look bad. Grabbing a solid motherboard, psu, ram are about the only things that you can really future proof as far as I'm concerned. New cpus and graphic cards just increase too rapidly.