Hi, I am trying to build a computer that suits my gaming.
I am not heavy gamer (nor can I afford to be one), and I usually just play game casually. In other words, I don't need to have absolute beautiful graphic, but they are nice to have, just not necessary. I can stand terrible graphics, but I can't stand terrible game-play, or lags. Performance means much more for me.
Right now, I am mainly playing Vindictus (it's a source engine game, so the graphic isn't very stressing to be able to play), DoTA (a Warcraft III mod game), and maybe Diablo 2 from time to time. As you can see, they don't need extremely good computer to play. I do, however, planned on upgrading, but I think the Intel HD Graphics 3000 can handle all the game I play right now.
CPU: $220 - i5-2500K
(Will be using the Intel HD Graphics 3000 it comes with, so no need for GPU right now. Update later)
Or $150 on Black Friday Sale in Microcenter.
Case: $30 - Xigmatek Asguard II
(Should be good enough, as long as the airflow is good, and everything can be placed easily)
MOBO: p8z68? Asus p67? z68? I have absolutely no idea about mobo. Even just p67 there's different types of them. Is there a detailed guide I can look at? Or do I just have to go with my gut? I don't want to limit the choices, so any price is good, but I prefer cheaper the better, more bang for the bucks, note that I don't need insanely good graphic, decent is good enough.
(I probably won't use most of those PCI slots, although I probably need one for wireless adapter, and one for graphic)
DvD and Hard Disk:
Don’t need any extreme function, just enough to instal OS, and decent GB. Anyone know cheap but still good ones? I don’t want the cheap dvd or hard disk mess up my whole build.
Another few important things to address:
(1) Does my part come together nicely? Last thing I want is to buy all the components, and then realized that some parts are incompatible with each other.
(2) I don't have a speaker, keyboard or monitor (well I have one, but that’s being used on another computer).
(3) I can also go to microcenter, which I believe will have a lot cheaper items than on neweggs.
Motherboard = you want to overclock I hope since you are wanting to get the i5 2500k so yes p67 or z68 boards. Save you $50 and get ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 excellent mobo that will do what you need and PCIe 3.0 for your future needs
Yes your parts fit nicely, keyboards are like $10 if you want a plain jane one, and you can get low end speakers for $20.
Also you didn't mention a hard drive. Do you have one already or do you need to include that in as well? Oh and windows!