This is my very FIRST build, so I apologize in advance if I got something that's not compatible or looks stupid to some of you professionals out here
I scavenged the internet the last few hours choosing parts I felt were good, yet affordable to remain within my budget. I'm ONLY building the tower. Only thing I'm really missing is a good GPU. I want something mid-high end for let's say <$120? If that's reasonable. Also if people could give me feedback on my parts list or recommendations on swapping some stuff out. I'm really hoping there's a deal on the i5 2500k soon before I start pulling the trigger.
I DO have a Fry's near me, NO Microcenter, if that helps any, but all of the parts I've chosen here are all from Newegg.
I'll more than likely drop down to that Mobo as well as a lower wattage PSU, easy way to save $40 on the build. As far as the RAM goes, the one I listed was just at $49.99 yesterday, with a $10 savings, but I guess it expired, so I'll just go with 1.5V, like you suggested as well.
I'll probably just start buying most of the parts, and leave the GPU last and look for any deals to come. The 6870 does look nice though. Not a big fan of MIR, though
I'm gonna be frank, Your budget isn't really that great and you should get AMD since it's really tight.
True, switching out to a Phenom II x4 965 and a AM3 motherboard would bring the build down to about the $600-650 mark.
This would also enable you to keep that 6870 in there Which overall would provide better performance than for example the i5-2500k and a 6790.