Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anything that ships to the US
Country of Origin: US of A
Parts Preferences: No strong brand loyalty here.. just interested in whatever works best for the money.
Overclocking: Most likely not, I've never OC'ed before, if it's easy as pie with no concern for damaging my system then I suppose it's a possibility
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: Right now my monitor has a max res of 1600x900, but I might upgrade in the future.
Additional Comments: I'm just looking for advice on the components I've already selected, with possible alternatives (hopefully with a reason). I would like to stay below 700 on this system, but 715 or so wouldn't break the bank
CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Quad Core Processor I went with the 2400 over the 2500 for a couple reasons. The first of which was to save money, and from what I gather the 2500's major advantage is overclocking, which I don't really plan to do. Maybe someone can tell me why it would be worth it to spend the extra money to upgrade to the 2500, otherwise the 2400 seems fine for me.
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked Once again, not very familiar with the in's and out's of graphics cards, it seems like the technology advances so quickly here that I don't care to keep up on it. I asked a buddy of mine for a recommendation and this is what he gave me. Any thoughts? Crossfire/SLI is an option if it's within my budget and will outperform
The first one seems a bit better, but I also read a review that it's huge, and that people have had some troubles fitting it in mid-towers.
So that's all I have.. last time I did the math I was pushing 700 for these components. Not terrible, as I would like a system that doesn't require much updating in the near future to stay at the curve of new games being released.
All good components! To overclock you would need the I5 2500K but the I5 2400 is fine if you are not planning overclock and then just use the bundled cooler. You could as well save on the motherboard as well and go with a H67 board.
H67 can't overclock, P67 can. Z68 is best (not much different really).
If you're not going to overclock save some money and get a H67 + i5-2400 and just use the stock cooler. You won't ever notice the difference between stock i5-2400 and i5-2500K 99.9% of the time unless you're just doing benchmarks.
If you don't need SATA3 (nobody does) or USB 3.0 you can go with H61 to save even more money.
The PSU is not good really. It's probably an HEC-made doorstop actually. See the PSU guide linked in my sig.
Thermaltake sells some decent PSUs, but those are usually not purchased because of price. The cheap ones are almost exclusively junk. Lately a few of the good ones have been competitive though, when caught on sale. This is also true for Cooler Master PSUs.
Thank you for your suggestions. I'm having somewhat of a dilemma.. The total for the p67 board and the i5-2500k with all the components listed will only run me about 730, which is right at the max of my budget. This leaves room for overclocking in the future since I hopefully will have this system for awhile. On the other hand, saving the extra money is always nice and I don't imagine the i5-2400 being obsolete any time soon, so I suppose it's not really justifiable to spend the extra money when, in reality, it's not really getting me anything
I see why now, no real review samples went out. The Corsair rep says they are in between the CX and TX line, so while they are not great they should be adequate. Corsair tries hard to sell only quality and the GS line is made by CWT, a decent but not great OEM.
Given pricing, I would likely go with the Antec EA650 though.