Hey there. I'm looking to make a new desktop for mostly gaming. This will be my first time making one, and I'm not completely sure on what to go with. Sorry for being a noob. Any feedback or suggestions would be great.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next week or so.
Budget Range: Between $1000- $1300
System Usage: Mostly gaming, possibly some video processing.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers.
Preferred Website for Parts: tigerdirect.ca
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: Not sure
Additional info: I'm probably going to be playing games like Counter Strike, WoW, and hopefully Battlefield when it releases. Total cost= approx. $1300
I have some parts thought out already, but like I said, I'm new to this and not completely sure if this would be the best bang for my buck, or even work together for that matter.
Will I need anything else?
Is 4gigs RAM enough or should I go for a bit more?
Do I need a heatsink even if I'm not overclocking?
Is 750W enough on the power supply?
Should I add more fans on the case?
Thank you, and sorry once again for being a noob.
The Intel Core i5-2500K does come with a stock HSF that will work fine until you want to overclock. The real value behind the Intel Core i5-2500K is its ability to overclock and it is easier than ever before to overclock get good results. So if there is no chance that you are going to overclock step down to the Intel Core i5-2500.
Now as far as the power you need to run this system, take a look at this tool http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp. This tool will do a good job of showing what you need on the low end for power for your system. For the low end the lowest you are going to want to go with is around 393 watts. So a 500 watt power supply should do you fine for now but if you are planning to go to Crossfire in the future the 750 watt is a great power supply.
In most cases there isn’t a lot of value to having any more then 3 total case fans (front, rear and one side). Any more than that and you start to break up the airflow in the case.