I was just putting together a build on newegg that I was hoping you guys would be able to look at for me and let me know what you think and if you saw any conflicts in the hardware I selected, or if you have any suggestions for better deals/hardware that would substitute for what I already have. The only real requirements I have are to keep it around $1,000 (preferably just under) and to include an Intel i5 2500k. I am really just looking for the best bang for the buck. Any insight you guys could provide would be greatly appreciated.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2 weeks
Budget Range: $900-$1,100 before rebates
System Usage: primarily gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, but open to others
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: I prefer Intel and Nvidia, but am open to quality AMD and ATI solutions
Again, if you guys have an entirely different build with the same basic components at around the same price I would love to see them. (I did see the BestConfigs Poll - Budget Intel-Based Gaming PC topic, but many links were out of date).
I would keep everything but make some changes. If you want to sli with the 560 ti, you should have at least 700W. Some people managed it on their 650W but that's really pushing it. I would opt for Antec HCG 750W instead because it's a great budget power supply with a reliable brand.
Antec High Current Gamer Series 750W $90 [$65 after MIR] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sandy Bridge makes the best with 1600mhz [performance to price ratio]. You will probably not notice any decrease in performance but 1600mhz is the sweet spot. The price between 1333mhz and 1600mhz has been decreasing over the year. I would opt for either G. Skill or Kingstons because they're usually cheaper than Corsair and still make kick ass RAMs.
Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3 1600MHz $45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I wouldn't recommend gigabyte for overclocking. I heard their bios is still old.. you may have some trouble but it's manageable. There isn't any good Z68 with dual x8 near gigabyte price vicinity so that's the best you can get for what you pay. Have fun with your build.
If you live near Microcenter, you can grab the i5-2500k for cheap :]