Hey there, I'm looking to build a gaming PC in the next week or so, just needed a nice recommendation from you fine people.
CPU: After looking over many various topics it seems it would be foolish to not get the i5 2500k + z68 if I wanna game (I do) and especially if I have a Micro Center around with them in stock (yay me). I'm a bang for the buck kinda guy so this seems totally worth it as it's not really any more expensive than a 955+mobo or something for the amount of improved performance. So yeah, I guess that settles that.
Mobo: Whichever one you guys recommend, cheaper is probably best. When it comes to overclocking I mean, I'll do it eventually but if I don't really need to OC heavily for gaming right now I'll probably just hold off on the Hyper 212 if I can and I probably don't need a bunch of fancy mobo features.
So at Micro Center one of the cheaper mobos and the i5 brings me to $245 after tax. Sweet!
RAM: just a nice 8GB set around $30 will do, whatever fits/goes best with the build.
Case: I'm assuming a $40-50-60 will be perfect, anything should be fine, just recommend it
Let's see, we're at approx $350 and still have the GPU and PSU to go. I have no clue where to go with these to, so have at thee. I've been playing on a 7600GT AGP for years so anything new will be like sweet, sweet candy to me. I just wanna play at high settings (maxing things out certainly doesn't hurt though ) without any performance suffering, I don't need the very very best things on the market, but I'm done playing 3 year old games on low/med settings and still not getting the fps to enjoy the game.
you are not sli/xfire interested write, chose an ASRock Z68 PRO3 would be optimal for your use.
As for the 560ti, yes, there is a very little performance difference between 560ti and 6870, the thing is that you can overclock this card to 950-1ghz easily and can reach gtx 570 performance levels.
6870 is not as nice oc'er as 560ti is.