Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS, Boot drive (I have a Crucial M4 64GB SSD)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Microcenter
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: I lean towards Radeon when it comes to graphics cards, but am willing to expand my horizons if convinced.
Overclocking: In the future (Perhaps OC'ing graphics card if I get a Radeon 2 GB 6950)
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
I'm building a system to last me at least the next 3 years, mainly to play games such as Skyrim, Diablo 3, etc. I'm not particularly interested in SLI at the moment, and will only OC a bit down the road as I don't care that much about getting a few more frames per second...I'm just looking for a sollid machine that will play fast and make games look great. I've been perusing the forums for the past week or so putting this together. My budget is around $800-1000, and the lower the better, but I don't mind shelling out a bit more if anybody steers me in a particular direction. Thanks in advance for any help!
***I am taking a trip to Microcenter on Monday to see if they are still offering deals on this CPU, and hope they are still offering a combo with a motherboard. If so, I will purchase at Microcenter rather than Newegg, but am listing it here on newegg for the sake of detailing my build***
That being said, I'm not quite sure what MOBO to get - and it partly depends on what Microcenter has - but it says online that all of the following are in stock at the particular Microcenter I am going to:
MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Any other MOBO recommendations?
Graphics card: HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
I am leaning towards a 1 GPU option, not that interested in dual GPU's. I have heard that it's possible to OC the 2GB 6950, but what I'm not sure is what particular 6950 to get. Is the HIS IceQ a good choice? Can I OC this one? Any other recommendations? If anyone wants to steer me in another direction for a similar 1 GPU option, feel free!
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH
Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S650 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Any other PSU recommendations? This looks like a solid choice for the price, but let me know if anybody has any other recommendations.
CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
~$90 on Amazon
Any ideas on the case? This seems like a solid choice as well, but also, I would value any other recommendations.
***Question: for the Core i5-2500k processor, and I do have the extra $30 to blow, is it worth it to get a cooler for the processor like the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 right away?***
this ensures compatibility with a power hungry monster graphics card such as hd 6990 and gtx 590.... not to mention this model is a modular cable psu as well... it'll improve your cable management... even you going for single card forever... at least get a good 750watt to start with... you may often upgrade your gpu but not your psu... extra wattage to spare gives you peace of mind when you want to get a high end gpu to run in your system...
as for casing... the haf 922 is a very good case in its price range... just be sure to add another 200mm megaflow fan to its side panel... it doesn't include a side panel fan... a better case certainly the prices are starting from $130 to $140 range... such as rosewill thor v2... or antec df-85....
and for cpu cooler yes... the stock cooler that comes with the cpu is no good for keeping temp down... get a hyper 212 plus or this one...