So I am new to these forums. I saw a lot from when I was doing research so I thought posting my build here would be a good start to get some advice. I decided that I would like to build myself a gaming pc that runs around 1000 dollars. Over the past week I have been researching stuff and I am still somewhat confused on the how to choose the best motherboard and how to determine what power supply is needed. I am just not sure if the motherboard is overkill or fits into the build. But this is what I came up with for my build and would like to have some advice on it. This is my first time building my own so advice is very appreciated.
PCU: Intel core i5 2500k
VGC: HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
SSD: Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F60GBGT-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
HDD: HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze W0382RU ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
CASE: Antec Lanboy air Red Black / Red Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Modular Case
So this is the build that I came up with and am looking for advice on how I could make it better. I will put windows home 7 premium on it and use it for school too. I want to be able to play league of legends and skyrim on high settings as well. I found all of this around 1200 dollars. Also I wanted to mention that I chose the antec lanboy because I go to college and I do take my computer home when I go back, so that is one of the reasons I chose that. Thanks for taking the time to look at my build and give advice.
I think a Z68 mobo is overkill for a gamer. SSD caching will do nothing, and you won't be using the on-board video. You could save about $50 with a P67. I'm worried that you and your OS will feel a bit cramped in a 60G SSD boot drive. As always, if it's a "gaming" rig, anything less than the current top-of-the-line graphics card is not really good enough at the end of the day, in the final analysis, when the fat lady sings, when push comes to shove, when the chips are down, when stuntman Steve comes a-callin' (I just made that one up). It's time to dig in the couch cushions for the money to get a bigger card, but if money is an issue, your 6950 is a good choice that should handle most games easily.
Keep the Z68 its a great motherboard and not overkill, but change it to an ASRock z68 Extreme3 Gen3 (~$125 supports SLI if you want it)
A GTX 460 can run Skyrim on Ultra Detail with around with 45+ FPS
A HD 6970 can run SKyrim on Ultra Detail with around 50-78 (depending on AA on or off)
I'm pretty sure a 6950 would be in the 50-60 FPS range on Ultra settings as well
So your GPU is good
60GB SSD if you only going to put the OS and 1 game only, if you want to knock the SSD down to a 30GB if you want to just put the OS on it and grab a 500GB HDD or 1TB for all your other stuff (I would say screw the SSD and just get a large HDD, IMO, but I also know it provides a very fast and responsive system. If you want to up it to a 120GB to put OS and a couple games on it)
If you dont plan to SLI drop the PSU down to a 600W (and you can even get a cheaper motherboard)
For your HDD I would change it to a Seagate Barracuda
I would also change the PSU to a Antec, Crosair, SilverStone, or OCZ brand name
So here is what I have. Should I go with the 120GB SSD for now or just get the 1 TB HDD if I am mainly going to be using my computer for gaming. I do like to listen to pandora as well when I play games, so if that matters about the storage device. And I do plan to upgrade down the the road and possibly add another graphics card to the system. Is my PSU a good one for now? This would be around 1000 dollars.