approx. purch. date : this month .
Budget range : i would say 500 - 800 . But ideally, the lower the better.
System usage from most to least important: Gaming mostly, surfing the internet, watching movies.
Parts not required: Power supply ( 650w tx. corsair )
keyboard, mouse, speakers. OS.
preferred website: newegg, but suggest at will
country of origin : USA
parts preferences: intel cpu . i would like to try the antec kuhler H20 liquid cooling, but I doubt that'd be needed lol .
overclocking : maybe
sli or crossfire: no
monitor reso: not sure. I believe it's 1440 x 900. ( 23.6 inch screen ) .
additional comments : I would like a quiet, cool ( temp ) pc. My desktop that was running before it crashed overheated easily, which was very frustrating to manage.
Alright, no issues. I know it's kind of hard to figure out why I picked what with just a blank build.
-For the CPU, I picked it partially because you specifically called it out, and because it's an excellent value. It provides the power of the insanely popular 2500k, but drops the price $35. It loses the OC ability, but it's still an amazingly powerful CPU.
-The Ripjaws ram combine 4 things. Cool looks, incredible value and quality, and awesome speed. They run at 1600MHz, which has been the standard for high end builds for quite a while. Despite what some people may say, 4GB is plenty; I hardcore game and rearely ever see my ram usage go above 3GB, even with many windows open.
-The HAF 912 and Antec 300 are awesome. No two ways about it. They provide plenty of space to build in, and are made with very high quality components. The antec 300 Illusion is on sale, so if you like LED's go ahead and buy it RIGHT NOW. It's $15 off!
-The HDD is the fastest/cheapest in it's class. You could go anywhere on the forum with any pricepoint and every right minded individual would recommend this drive.
-DVD burner. It's a DVD burner. Nuff said.
-and ahh, the GPU's. I suggested the GPU's because they both got the Tom's best value nod. They provide incredible performance at a low price. Both are good buys, whichever you can fit in your budget is good.
Yeah, that's pretty much it. If you have any more questions, please ask. We want you to get the best system for your money.
With a 2400? For sure. Now worries about cooling. The Sandy Bridge series runs very cool, and you can't OC a 2400. I kinda wish you could, but Intel won't be like AMD and let you do whatever the hell you want. only the "K" chips can be OCed to anything that's actually worth it.
I would like to properly install all the parts, but it's mainly the processor I'm afraid of. How should I do it so that I don't screw up the chips on the bottom ? ( my friend was trying to install a processor, only to somehow allow small chips fall off )
I've also seen in videos people using the anti-static wrist kind of thing, but while putting ram in and gfx cards, I haven't seen a need for it. Is it that I've been very lucky in not getting shocked?
Not sure what chips you are talking about.... If you are referring to bending pins, you shouldn't have an issue. Nowadays, there is no force required. If it doesn't drop in, you are doing it wrong.
And as for anti static wristband, it's a good precaution but I never do it. What I do is install the PSU first thing, then plug it in but don't flip the switch. This grounds the entire case (assuming it's metal) and allows you to ground yourself periodically by touching the case. as long as you aren't sliding around with socks on carpet while building this thing, you should be OK.