Parts Not Required: Corsair GS600 PSU, Dell Monitor, Dell 5.1 sound system???(4 speakers + sub-woofer) (True) Nvidia GTS 450, WD Caviler blue 500GB
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, newegg
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: Intel, because I see lots of crossfire AND sli MB's
Overclocking: Probably post-warranty if ever
SLI or Crossfire: yes-future
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 (Yes, its not high, but I don't need higher)
Additional Comments: I game everything from new to *really* old games. Tried upgrading my Dell XPS 400. I've hit a wall with the processor. No overclocking and an upgrade is just not worth it. It has real problems with the X3 games in particular, which I am loving. Tried of my 5 minute or greater boot up. Also want to build a comp for a change.
I know the GTS 450 is not that powerful, but I had the 6800 untill March, and it seems to work miracles after that. Plus, I only play up to 1280x1024.
So far I am planing on:
MB + processor: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 + i5 2400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Off Z68, no chip video? *locked* i5, but still powerfull. I kept looking at the MSI g-45 and gd-55, but there are too many problems coming up (Power loop, flimsy parts, problems with G-Skill memory, and the g-45 PCH runs hot.)
If you are gaming and plan to Overclock, then you need to get the i5 2500k, otherwise you're fine. And the Intel has integrated video on the CPU not MoBo, which you can use w/ the z68 and h series chipsets.
I think one can bump the i5 2400 4 speed bins higher. Probably not gonna overclock much anyway. The 212+ is there not for overclocking, but because I really don't like the cpu getting hot. I would get a 2500/K but the combo deal is on this CPU, a 2300, or an i3 2105.