Motherboard - I really need some help here. I know that I want a motherboard that is reliable, is able to be overclocked, and has some decent fan controls (which from my understanding rules out Gigabyte). I don't plan to run multiple cards or do crossfiring.
Hard Drive - I've been considering an SSD drive but I may just go with a traditional hard drive to start with. If I go the SSD drive its my understanding that Intel makes the most reliable and I'd probably get a 120gb model. I've heard the 320 series is good for gaming? Maybe I'm wrong on that. Any suggestions are welcome.
Graphics Card - Most likely going with the Nvidia 560 Ti. Is there a certain manufacturer I should go with (Evga, Gigabyte etc..).
i also have i5-2500k, very good processor, never bottlenecked it, ever, even with prime95 running it was completely functional and usable
for cpu heat sink look into the hyper 212, very good high rated heat sink
you mean dd3, you skipped 2 generations haha. personally i buy g-skill ram, i always do and i have never had to RMA to date
while on newegg select best rating, it sorts out the weeds
for the motherboard read a few of these posts that i have done recently. each one is slightly different because each post is suited to the particular wants and needs of the person, but the advice and links are pretty good.
for the HDD i went with a 64gig SSD boot drive and a 1tb data drive, you will get the performance of a boot drive where it does matter and were the performance doesnt matter thats when you will use the large HDD. SSDs have absolutely no performance gain when gaming. go for high rated, i got a crucial m4, very good high rated SSD.
560 ti is a good card, itll get you max settings in all or most games, and you sli them in the future.
the power supply will do nicely, but if you want to sli in the future you might want to go 900W-1000W
cooler master cases have really good cable management, they dont always look the prettiest
Should I try to get a Z68 board? I plan to get an SSD either now or later. My main use for an SSD is the improved performance of windows and better game loading in MMO's. Do I need to worry about SSD Caching for that?
Should I try to get a Gen3 board to future proof a bit?
These are some of the boards I've been looking at...
It has soundblaster on board and some other really cool features, including ROG connect that allows you to hook up a laptop through usb port on back and control your cpu and ram and tweaks during games while playing cool huh. The ROG "republic of gamers" line is the best of the best when it comes to gaming ,overclocking etc.
I have this board and love it I am overclocked to 4.3 gigs with the click of a mouse and could probably go as far as 4.7 if not 5.0 with my i5-2500k