I am going to build my first "high end" gaming machine. I have almost no personal experience with the below parts or any components that are this expensive/high end since i wouldn't exactly call myself "wealthy". I have extensivly read other posts and reviews about these parts for the past couple of weeks but i need advice tailored to my specific situation. I would very much appreciate some advice from personal experiance.
that said........I want to build a computer centered around an i5 2500k- thats not optional.
I need a recommendation for a motherboard that is around $150 - $200 (there are so many i cant really tell which are better) I've worked out that ASUS seems to make the best quality-- true?
I need a graphics card that could run skyrim: somewhere around a Geforce GTX 460------is there a better/cheaper option? perhaps a Radeon? I would love your opinion on the best card that is around this quality and pricerange ($180-$200) that would go best with the i5 and motherboard you recommend.
Last but far from least- I need you to tell me about a power supply that would go with the above components. I have absolutely no knowledge about power supplies and ones I have bought in the past were not very good. I am in desperate need of assistance regarding this. Price range of no more than $80
I WILL overclock the i5 to around 4 ghz (thats why i get the 2500k) and most likely the GPU later on ( but the GPU overclock is optional)
I chose the ASUS P67 Pro...since you plan on buying a discrete graphics card there's no real benefit to getting the z68 over the p67 but you could go with either one. Do not go with the h67 as those will not allow you to overclock. They are only good for using the integrated intel graphics. I chose the pro because I liked having bluetooth already imbedded in the mobo which saves me from having to spend 20 bucks in buying a usb adapter. It just fit me best for my plans with the desktop.
I would not skimp in the power supply though. I was like you and only wanted to spend around 75 bucks but after looking around I ended up getting a Corsair 750TX and haven't looked back. IMO power supply is the key to making sure everything runs smoothly.
But if you still want to save the 6870 is a quality card in that price range.
Though I can't tell you how well Skyrim will run because there are no specs to my knowledge out yet, and we don't know resolution that you play on, which does make a difference.
If you are OCing, you want headroom and efficiency out of your PSU 650w will be enough for a single card, OC'd CPU, a nice CPU cooler, ect.
Johnny Guru supplies great reviews on a bunch of different PSU's.
My suggested quality brands are.
Corsair, XFX (efficient, quality, and decently priced)
Antec (The "works well enough" brand, cheap and reliable)
PC Power and Cooling, Silverstone (Extremely efficient, top quality, pricey)
For under $80 I'd say go Antec, but as they say, you get what you pay for.
i think the z68x-ud3 is a great choice. for graphics, i would get an hd6950 2gb, or I suppose, if you prefer nvidia, a gtx 560ti.
for the psu, you need to decide whether you wish to have the option of adding a second graphics card later. if you dont, my recommendation based on current prices would be (doesnt come with a main power cord, but you may have one of these from an old computer, monitor, or printer): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...