So I'm building a computer to do a little gaming on (I tried playing the SW:TOR Beta on my macbook pro via bootcamp these last couple weekends, and it was struggling to keep up and overheating). The thing is, I need to do it on a budget. After a bunch of research, I've come up with the following setup. But since this is my first time building a computer, I wanted to check in to see if this sounds like a good setup, make sure everything goes together, etc... Please share any thoughts you all have. Thanks so much!!
Edit:also, this is stretching my budget a bit, though I can make it work, but still, any thoughts on bringing the price down (or at least not increasing it significantly) would be greatly appreciated
Bigger PSU, for future proofing and lower load levels.
+1 stick with stock HS, if you go a K ivybridge then get one.
Check gigabyte out for their ability control 3-pin case fans, I've heard that they don't.
You don't need a CPU cooler nor heat sink compound.
As for shipping prices, it looks like they went up for the holiday season.
Look at Newegg's $10.99 for shipping RAM. Look at prices for shipping cases. Some are free shipping but look how far the case price has jumped. Same for many other items, that I5 2500K for $214.99 is now $219.99, but you get free shipping.
E-tailers are Pros, they know how to get a buck out of ya'.
interesting... i was speaking with a friend yesterday, and he was quite adamant about the heat sink. But you guys think this will be good to go without it? If so, definitely happy to save the few bucks there to put toward the psu.
As for cases, and amazon's shipping rates, the reason I went Amazon for the case was that I have prime, so free 2 day shipping. Though if the case linked is recommended, the 10 buck shipping for the 20 buck price point is fine (the same case is 35 on amazon with free shipping... agreed Delroy, they do know how to squeeze a buck)
And for the recommendation of a bigger psu, how about: