I don't have a whole lot of experience with building computers. Built the one I have five or six years ago and that's it. At this point I'm relatively sure this list is what I'm going with but I was interested in feedback on any compatibility issues I might have missed or not be aware of.
Approximate Purchase Date: This Week.
~1000 (currently at 1017) before shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming, Media Center, Internet, VirtualDub occasionally.
Parts Not Required:
Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, HDD depending on feedback.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg & Amazon
United States of America
i5-2500K, NVidea Graphics card and Asus mobo but I'm open to alternatives.
SLI or Crossfire: No
I'm going on the assumption that the heatsink won't be a problem with the case. I wasn't planning on overclocking so maybe the heatsink isn't necessary. I figured it's worth it for the sake of the CPU.
Should I go out of my way to buy a higher wattage or better reviewed PSU? Based on the eXtreme Power Supply calculator this seemed reasonable.
Finally, I have a Seagate Barracuda 400GB 7200rpm SATA from 2005 that I was planning on using, unless someone has a better suggestion. I haven't had any problems with the drive after five years so ideally I'd like to wait out the HDD price spike and install something new when prices drop.
hi. nice build you got there, if you are not going to overclock then you can keep the stock heatskin and overclock just a little if you want ( 3 or 4 100mhz bins max) as for the psu you might need a higer wattage psu depending on the gpu you plan to install, i am guessing you will play @1080p so i will recomend you getting any gtx 560 (gtx560, gtx560ti or gtx 560ti 448 core)if you want nvidia but, the 6950 if also a really good card, get the 1GB version as it is the same or pay a little more for a the 2GB version and try your luck by trying to unlocked it to a 6970. That HDD is good, i wouldnt recomend you getting a HDD these days as the prices are too high and, at least for me, its not worth it, if i were you i will buy any 40GB+ SSD to compensate for storage speed.
If you're bothering with the core i5 2500k, I would recommend overclocking at least a little bit. It's not hard to do, the chip is designed for it, and everyone has great results. OTOH if you really aren't interested in overclocking, you can save a few bucks by going with the "vanilla" core i5-2400 (which can still usually be slightly overclocked, see http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/267368-29-overclockin... , and won't need a crazy heatsink setup to deal with it).
Check the $1000 build on my sig. i5 2500K + HD6970 with a much better PSU. I'd say re-use the existing hard drive, and get a SSD if possible for around $90. Get GTX570 if you are partial towards Nvidia.
This card should allow you to play most games at reasonable settings , it is the new release from Nvidia that has 448 proccessor cores up from 336 in the regular 560Ti. It will allow you some time to save for another to SLI and then play at much higher settings.
Thanks for the input guys, I'll have to check out these PSUs.
Hold on to that HDD if at all possible, but GET A BACKUP if you don't have one.
I'm not sure where you're getting the $1017, as you don't have a GPU up
Seems to me you could probably fit a 570 in here.
I have a 1TB iomega external that spends most of its time off, plus Dropbox for the really important stuff, for backup.
I actually have the GTX 560 Ti on my list but somehow I missed it in the OP, thus the $1017.
Ok, so I'm dropping the AS5, going with the Antec EA 650 Green and exchanging the 560 Ti for the 560 Ti 448 Core. I'm skipping the SDD for now and using the HDD I already have. I'll have to start looking into OCing guides for the 2500K.
Brings me to $1072 before shipping. Slightly over what I had planned but not above my limit. Awesome!
OCing's easy. If you're not trying to push the limits (you really don't need to; you'll have way more power than you need) just set the multiplier to 42x or something, maybe 40, and leave the voltage on auto.