I've been on a long gaming hiatus, but with Skyrim finally out and Arma 3 on the horizon I've decided it's about time I started again. Unfortunately, my five year old gaming PC just won't cut it any more, so I've decided to build a new one. My budget is hopefully less then $900.
Naturally I have my own mouse, keyboard, and monitor, and I figure I can just take the sound card and HD from my old PC (I play with headphones anyways). Anyways, here's the parts I've decided on so far:
2600k vs. 2500k: As far as I can tell, the only real difference is hyperthreading. Some people say it's important, some people say it isn't. Consensus?
CPU Fan: I don't really plan on overclocking. Should I go with a cheaper unit?
Motherboard: I'm kind of concerned as to whether it's compatible with the CPU I chose, because its product description reads: "Supports 2nd Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3 Processors." What does 2nd generation entail? Does that mean it doesn't support 1st generation? Are 2 SATA3 ports enough for the i7 (I've heard it has issues with SATA2) Should I just splurge on a better motherboard?
Any advice is appreciated, as I said before I'm kind of out of the loop with modern gaming technology. Thanks in advance.
You're probably better off saving money by just getting an i5 2500k...furthermore, you might want to get a more powerful PSU from a reliable brand. Hyperthreading really isn't important unless you're actually going to need it for things such as transcoding, etc. I also recommend the HD 6870 over the GTX 460, they're pretty much the same price but the HD 6870 will definitely outperform the 460.