Hey sorry for waiting forever to choose a best answer! Putting together this computer was fantastically fun... all went really smooth! The case is big enough to fit everything and have room for expansion which is great. I wish I had more time to put into using it but now that the school semester has started I haven't had much of a chance to really test this machine to the fullest. I have had no problems with it so far, and it has performed very well. Well worth the investment... Thanks again Kajabla for all of your input, you obviously win BA for this thread.
*With a lot of help from Kajabla I finally decided on a build. Everything below is what I ordered. And now we play the waiting game...
SUBTOTAL FOR ALL PARTS: $787.92
I've never built my own computer before, so I wanted to make sure that the system would work before I bought any parts.
First of all, I would be using this computer for a variety of things, but the main use for this computer would be gaming. Since gaming computers require decent processor/video card, it basically encapsulates anything else I'd really need to do. I may also be running multiple virtual machines. Some people say that having six cores is overkill, but even though more and more games are utilizing multiple cores, would it still be a good idea to reduce to a quad-core? I'm trying to make a lasting build.
I'm not really trying to skimp on any parts, but anything that seems like it would be underutilized please let me know. I'm trying to keep the costs as low as possible but still allow me to play games that I enjoy on high settings, preferably ultra but really not necessary. (I.E Skyrim would be awesome)
Here is my build below, I'm pretty sure all parts are compatible but I could be wrong it is my first build!
I'm not sure if running multiple virtual machines benefits from the six core, but generally the Intel i5-2500K is considered the best gaming CPU today. It can be had for approximately the same price as that AMD X6.
OCZ PSU are not known for their quality. You'll want to look at Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, Antec.
It looks pretty good mostly, especially for a first timer, well done
Hey thanks Finneous! Yeah I spent a lot of time trying to decide what to put into it. I'll take a look at the Intel i5. I'll also see what other options are available to use for a power supply. The OCZ had good reviews, but its always worth another look. Better to be safe than sorry!
Yep, 2500K for sure. It's better in almost all situations, and by miles in gaming.
The 912 will be plenty big enough.
You definitely don't need a sound card. Mobo sound has improved greatly, and processors are now good enough that sound processing, which has not become significantly more complex, is a practically negligible CPU load.
I think OCZ is fine as a brand, but the PSU you've picked is overkill. A 550W would be plenty, or a 600 to be extra safe (PSUs lose some of their capacity as they age).
Silverstone (high quality) 600W, $60 after rebate and $75 before: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The 212+ has gone up in price a bit, and now the 212 EVO is just $4 more. Go with that; it's significantly better.
I'm still not familiar with good prices for current hardware so it's nice to know there are people who can give me some insight!
I'm not worried about overclocking the processor because I know how easy it is, but when it comes to the video card I'm a little hesitant, I don't think I'd be willing to overclock the video card.
Would there be an alternative video card that would be a good buy? My total price seems to be getting lower which is good, it actually gives me the option to get improved parts instead of sacrificing on vital areas!
Yeah I started looking up bench tests with 2GB vs 1GB and it looked like there was almost no difference. Thanks again for your input. I'm really glad that I can get input from a veteran! It's helping me understand a lot more than I could ever understand alone. Also gives me peace of mind that the system I'm building will actually be worth the time and money!
Alright guys, I'm getting very close to dedicating to this build. I'm hoping to make the purchase by the end of the day, so if there is anything that anything that anyone wants to bring up do it!!! Don't stay silent help me out!
I'm actually trying to decide right now. I'm not getting the one currently posted, but I'm looking into either getting one closer to 300$ without the "free game" or getting the Ti. I'm trying to compare a few before I make my final decision. If I can't find one for $300 that is a significant jump then I am going to go with the Ti. Thanks again for the constant help, seems like you are the only one helping out!
OK! I made the purchase. I decided to go with your suggestion and get the overclocked Ti. It just seemed like for the price it outmatched everything else in the same bracket. Thanks a lot kajabla for all of your help!
I will be back hopefully this weekend to post how it went putting it together!