Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: 1500-2000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, don't care about the rest
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: corsair psu, 2600k, evga nvidia card
SLI or Crossfire: maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced $154.48
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) $159.99
EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) $359.99
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W 80 PLUS Certified $134.99
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge $314.99
Intel 320 Series 2.5" 120GB SATA II SSD $239.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Timing: 7-7-7-21, 1.5 v $81.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $89.99
ASUS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner -$20.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate $274.99
ASUS PCE-N13 PCI Express Wireless Adapter $27.99
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $11.98
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler $89.99
Additional Comments: I just want to make sure I'm building something solid, reliable not some piece of crap.
generally, I have tried to pick parts that have been thoroughly reviewed and market tested so I could avoid any duds.
some issues I have been pondering...
1) picked asrock p67 mobo because of its good reviews, am also considering the Asus p67 deluxe or the MSI gd65, but I still see a lot of boot issues with those and the asrock seems to be the least problematic.
2) Seems like a lot of people are recommending the Samsung spinpoint f3, but I just went with the wd black caviar because it was sold out.
3) concerned about massive noctua cooler fitting on the mobo and leaving enough room, but one reviewer did mention the noctua fitting with gskill ram for the asrock extreme mobo.
4)The gskill ram I picked because its "designed for the p67" and I figured 8gb would be sufficient unless you think I could go with more.
5) Picked corsair psu seems they are the best psu makers out there. went with 850 watt to future proof myself if I wanted to sli and price difference between a 650 is only $45. although based on neweggs calculator I may need at least 950 if I wanted to sli with that gtx570.
6) went with intel ssd since I heard some bad things about ocz and between crucial and intel, I thought intel would be a no brainer given the small price difference ~$5-10.
7) Windows 7 ultimate: figured the extra $100 was worth it to because I sometimes need to host remote desktop connection
8) for an extra hundred bucks I thought the 2600k was worth it over the 2500k
btw this is my first build
please let me know if I am forgetting any components besides mouse/keyboard/speakers or if anything seems incompatible
also ssd is for os games and main apps, WD HDD for everything else
Theres no advantage to using a 2600K over a 2500K in gaming . Games cant use the threads available by the hyperthreading 2600K and since you can clock the 2500K as high as you can a 2600K the money difference is just wasted for a gamer .
You will be better off with 1600 MHz RAM if you are going to overclock . 8 gig probably wont give a performance edge in gaming compared to 4 gig but it wont hurt either .
Windows vista ultimate?
Quick! without googling tell me the additional features you are planning to use that HOME PREMIUM 64 bit OEM doesnt have .
If you cant name one then you definitely dont need it