It's my first build for a gaming desktop and I need advice from anyone and everyone. Please take a moment of the components that I have chosen and please give me feedback. I'm buying all of it this weekend so please if you have any suggestions please let me hear them.
I really need help with the motherboard, memory, and video card. Do you think they will be a good asset to my build or should I look for another?
The least I want to spend on both the motherboard and video card is $200. For the memory it is up to $100.
Please post any feedback on my build it sure will help a lot.
I'm planning on Ocing and I still have to do more research on the Raid subject. I am not quite sure what it is yet. Thank you for your post.
RAID means running 2 or more drives (HDD or SSD) for more features.
RAID 0 is running two drives together for double the performance (Storage is also added, so 2x 120GB SSDs in RAID 0 give you 240GB). But, if one drive fails, they both fail since all data is shared between them.
RAID 1 is running two drives together for data protection. One drive mirrors another, so everything saved to one is saved to another. If one drive fails, another still has all the data. (Storage is not additive, 2x 120GB SSDs in RAID 1 give you 120GB). Speed is the same as a single drive.
RAID 5 is only really used in servers, and other RAID numbers have been deprecated.
Not bad for your first attempt although I would make a few changes.
PC Case: I would personally go with the Antec 300 Illusion - it IS a mid-tower, however as far as price and air flow ratio is concerned, the Illusion is a legend. It offers 4 Fans in total [1 rear, 2 frontal x120mm and a top 140m fan, they are come with three speed switch, an easily removable and washable frontal dust filter and also space for wire management. I can also personally vouch for the fans - they are very quiet. On a side note, you may have to sacrifice one drive bay slot to fit the GTX 560TI.
CPU: Personally, I would get the i5 2500k - it's as fast and sometimes faster than the fastest original i7 CPU - and it's $100 cheaper than the i7 2600k. With the $100 and the money saved from the Case and power supply, I would get a 128GB Curcial M4 SSD - for booting + games - just make sure to store everything else on your Hard Drive.