Hello. I posted a couple days back requesting for some advise on i3 2100 build vs an i5 2500k build for gaming and some video editing. Right now, I have a rough idea of what I want, though I'm looking for any comments or fixes I should make. The point of this build is to have something that will last me (hopefully) through college, with just an upgrade here and there. (I'm going into my senior year of high school in the fall). My additional comments have some reasons for my choices. Thanks ahead of time for any comments/suggestions/ect.
Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully ordering it in a couple days.
Budget Range: ~$1000 after rebates.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Reliability (running 24/7), Gaming, Video Editing, Multitasking
Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Operating System, Speakers, Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, as it's all from one site.
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: None, though I have a rough idea of what I want.
Overclocking: Yes, I plan to in the future.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, I plan to in the future.
Monitor Resolution: 1900x1200 (Possibility for a second monitor.)
Additional Comments: One of the most important aspects of this build is is potential for upgrades. You would think the 750W Power Supply and i5 2500k would be unnecessary, but I plan on adding a cooler to over-clock the CPU, as well as an SLI 560 Ti as I get more money. I only put 4GB of Ram as I plan on sticking two more sticks (total of 8GB) in the future.
1. I consider a small overclock the amount you can get before you have the start changing voltages, on my CPU thats about 3.2-3.3ghz, started at 2.8. (i5-760)
2. The one you have will be great but i just like to overshoot it in case i get extra HDD's and USB devices. Plus i have my PC on 24/7. As for brands i'd just stick with Corsair, Antec or XFX.
3. You probably wouldn't even notice the difference.
Ive heard great things about the MSI one and it's always highly reccommended but note that generally youre paying for the cooler more than anything because GPU overclocking is so easy and theyre all using the same GTX 560 chip, unless its Ti or Fermi or whatever.
So I finalized my build, and am planning to order everything later tonight. I actually switched over to Amazon, as I still get free shipping on everything, but since I life in California, I actually save quite a bit on Taxes.
The extra fans aren't going to help stability unless you mean to stop it from overheating. The main thing that will help stability is a good quality power supply. The one you are getting looks good. Personally i don't have an anti static band, i just earth myself by touching some form of metal pipe connected to the earth ie. Metal tap or radiator piping. At $6.99 it's probably worth it for the peace of mind though. One last thing i would note about the PSU, it is not modular so youre going to have to spend some time managing cables for good airflow. I regret buying a non modular PSU and wish i just payed the bit extra. If youre thinking of doing this, look for the HX-750.