I'm very new to this PC building thing, so please excuse me when I ask very dumb questions!
I have recently been buying PC parts in hopes to build a gaming PC for myself. I'm not exactly the richest person in the world, so I'm trying to get the best prices around, as we all are. I have currently purchased:
1. 4 x 4gb Corsair XMS3 DDR3 RAM (plan to use 2 sticks of the 4)
2. i7 2600k sandy bridge
3. 80GB Intel SSD
4. WD 2TB HD
5. 650W PS
6. Some sort of fan (recommended by my friend)
I now need a good Motherboard to support all that and a pretty good graphics card. I'm looking to play Diablo3 and possibly future games, so I'm thinking Radeon 6850+ or GeForce 460+
I know nothing about Motherboards so I read a bunch of forums and have narrowed down to these choices
However I would not be recomending this card or any of the 550Ti cards because I don't think they are very good and two of the more important components of a computer build are the video card and the motherboard. I am ok with the MB I listed but would be much more comfortable if your budget for the video card could get you this card;
It is too bad that you already have the 2600k because you could have gotten the 2500k and have virtually the same performance for $100 less which you could have put towards a good video card like the one I listed.
I must say that the ASRock Motherboard stands out much more than the motherboards I was looking at. I was just chatting up with my friend as to what makes a good motherboard, and it seems like the ASRock has hit most of them.
As for the Graphics Card you recommended, I took a look at the Graphics card benchmark and it seems like it is playing midfield on the high performance section. I would like to get a video card around 6850 if not higher. I suppose I have to be more flexible around that then.
It is a shame that I bought the processor already...but I did buy it open boxed with no heatsink. It was 250$, so I don't think it was TOO bad of a deal on my side, putting aside the fact that 2600 vs 2500 are virtually the same.
I'll think about trading off my Processor and getting a 2500...but most likely I won't be able to do it too easily. Now leaves the Motherboard.... what are the most important aspects to a motherboard I should be looking at?
Well, this will be my first PC that I'm building, so I don't know much about it. I saw the deal of 250 on the 2600k, so I just jumped on it. Is it a good idea to sell it and purchase a 2500k for about 190?
The Radeon 6870 graphics card may be pushing my budget, but I get your point in that GPU's are more important now. It's a little late that I found out this late, though it may sound like common knowledge, but I'm trying to make up for it. It's good that I haven't bought it yet, nor the mother board.
Do you guys think that things will get cheaper around Christmas or should I buy all the necessary parts now?