I am going to attempt my first build and was hoping for some help. Please let me know if I should stay away from anything or if I am going in the wrong direction. I do not plan on overcocking at all. I was also wondering if my power supply was over kill. Any advice would be a great help on any of the items i'm looking at, I put more than one for most because I could go either way. I am looking for the best setup from the below listed items and if there are any better alternatives please let me know. I'm still learning. I did choose full tower cases because they seem to be the best constructed and have easy to clean filters. If there are any amazing mid tower cases that would be great to know. It seemed like the nvidia 460 gtx graphics card was the most bang for you buck too but if there is anthing better for the price range please let me know
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
The difference from the gigabyte p67x-ud3 and z68-ud3 is only 5 dollars. Might as well spend 5 bucks more for the better chip I agree that the z68 isn't needed for gaming though. It's why I decided not to wait for it when I built mine.
1. Keep the Corsair 750 PSU, it is cheap and it will allow you to upgrade your system without buying a new PSU (you could go to crossfire or SLI later, add more HDDs, add a TV card, etc.) It is nice not to have to worry if you have enough power. Many experts recommend that your PSU be sized to run at 50% load when you are running your system - the Corsair 750 puts you there. I have owned two Corsair PSUs and they are great (the HX 750 and HX 850)
2. While the those who have commented on the newness of the Z68 motherboards, I think it would be worth the risk to go with the new platform. It offers many significant advantages over the P67 platform and every review I have read about the Z68 boards has been positive but one. You may want to disable the virtu software and just run off of your GPU because there are a lot of bugs in that software right now. Those who commented on the Z68 platform are right - it is more complicated. But it also has a lot of real advantages.
3. I am not sure I agree that the 6 gb's HDDs are not faster than the 3 gb/s. Many of the reviews I have read show them to be faster and they are not that much more expensive. Granted the speed difference is not a lot.
Seagate is coming out with a new HDD platform that will be cheaper faster and hold more data - something like one TB single disks or something. The point being is that you might just want to buy a 1 TB Samsung F3 for now and add the newer faster HDD that Seagate is coming out with later. The 1 TB F3 are around $60.00
4. I agree with the former comment that you go with the 2500K - it is a screaming fast CPU and it is cheap.
5. I have the CM HAF X 942 and I like it. Wait for the 932 to go on sale and get it if you like it. It has several advantages over the 922. Make sure you get USB 3.0.
Thank you for all the great information everyone! it has given me a lot to think about and a lot of new options.
I had one more question, I think I have been sold on 5000 or 6000 series card. I was wondering if anyone knows what the advantages of the two different models and why would get one over that other. I read that the 5870\6950 are comparable and the 5850/6870 are comparable. Trying to figure out which to go with.
One of the best values out there right now is the 6950 2GB. Why? It can be flashed to a 6970, which is a much more powerful card. On the 5850 vs 6870, seeing as you can get the 5850 about $50 cheaper, I think it's obvious who the winner is.
buy the 6950 and don't worry about flashing it. It is superior to the 5870 in several ways and is a much newer card. You can always flash the card later if you think you need to but the 6950 is very fast on its own. You can also OC the card if you need to. Tom's Hardware calls it the best card for the money. Your other choice would be the GTX 570 but that is more expensive and doesn't really beat the 6950 in many games and benchmarks.
Be careful flashing the 6950, Ive read several people have "bricked" their card trying to do it. In other words they trashed their card beyond repair.
BTW the Corsair 850 HX is on sale at newegg for $119.00 after rebates right now but you've got to move quick. This is an unreal price for what is one of the top rated PSUs on the market right now - I paid $144.00 and I thought it was a steal. It is modular and is the Lexus version of Corsair's PSUs and so it is a big step up from the TX 750 you are looking at and it is only $19.00 more whew, what a deal.
In several tests the 850 HX easily put out over a 1000 Watts while maintaining its efficiency. It has won several editor's choice awards from computer review sites and it beat the much more expensive Antec PSU (850 w)
Great point - is it really worth the hassle and risk to try to buy a reference card if you can get one and then take the risk of bricking it when you flash it when the 6950 is already a very fast card? I doubt it. It would be easier and safer to just overclock it if you need more speed.