System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > Surfing
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Display, OS, Possibly HDD
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter & Newegg
Parts Preferences: No preference
Overclocking: Not likely
SLI or Crossfire: Unknown
Monitor Resolution: Unknown, I'd like it to be usable with HDMI
Additional Comments: This will be used mainly for online MMO's (FFXIV, WOW) and maybe Skyrim. Very new to building, I have installed a GPU and a HDD in my day, I feel capable though. I haven't finished alot of my researching yet, but I have put some possible parts together and was looking for some advice. The advice I seek: Are these parts compatible and will the computer run well, if at all, with decent settings (I am not looking for the highest settings)? Are there any suggestions on better parts that may be better quality, or any of these parts listed suggested over the others? Alot of these parts seem very similar, is there much noticable difference between them?
** This component is the part that I am most confused about. I don't know how many reviews I read that said it showed up DOA.
*** Not sure if too much is better than too little? I did a calculate power needed and it came out to around 530W, and I read about a 30% loss of power, so I shot for 650.
*** Unknown for now, looking for advice here, I'd like something 500GB to 1T. I may reuse the current one I have in my PC until priced drop or I find a deal.
Explanation: The CPU is a FX CPU, that AMD just released, and is overclockable. The gfx card is a Radeon 6870, which is comparable to the gtx 570. If you have mroe money later on, you can CF the GFX card. The motherboard is AM3+ ready, so you don't need another AM3 CPU to install drivers. Corsair is a reliable PSU company, my PSU is from them, and it's running great. The Challenger is a great case with a few fans included. The HDD is pretty cheap compared to NewEgg, so I would definitely go and buy from Bestbuy. 8GB of Team Elite RAM, nothing much to say about it....The Hyper 212 EVO will allow you to overclock your CPU to around ~4.5GHz and run stable. Finally the SSD to boot the OS from, you can save $85 and go wtihout the SSD, but your boot times will decrease if you have this in your system.
Explanation: This includes the i5 2500k, one of the best gaming CPUs on the market, only surpassed by Intel's extreme CPUs and the i7 2600k, all of which are over priced. This time, we lowered the gfx card because of the better CPU, the 560Ti will still be able to perform great on games, you can SLI when you have more money. The MoBo is from ASUS, and allows for graphics cards to be SLI in x8 and x8, which is preferable when you SLI or CF. Antec is also a good PSU company, the 620W should be enough for SLI. The HAF case looks amazing, if you want to save $10, you can go with the Rosewill Challenger again. Same HDD, Heatsink and Fan, and DVD-ROM. The RAM is now a Corsair Vengeance series, running at 1600Mhz. The Heatspreaders should allow you to OC the RAM