Hey guys, its my first time building a computer and i would like some advice and some compatibility checks or inputs from you guys. If possible i would like to make some cuts here and there, only if it doesn't affect my performance too much though. Thanks in advance.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next week
Budget Range: $900 – 1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, music, etc
Parts Not Required / Already owned: Mouse and keyboard, Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect, amazon.
Parts Preferences: Intel, quality brands.
Overclocking: Maybe CPU
SLI or Crossfire: Nope
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: I want to run crisis 2 on max settings.
Check the $1000 build. i5 2500k + HD6970. The only downgrades from your picks would be the cheaper case and smaller hard drive. Performance wise, its much much faster. It would push $1100 with shipping though.
Take a look at the $800 build also. It needs a CPU cooler added. Still would be faster than the one you picked.
Also you can get a 500GB HDD to cut costs a little. My recommendation would be whatever 500GB 7200RPM drive from Western Digital, Seagate, Hitachi, or Samsung is cheapest on the day you order your parts.
I would get the Corsair CX600. You can maybe get away with a little bit lesser of a PSU but it's only going to save you $15 or so and the CX600 is a quality CX600 with enough room for a nice overclock and a second 6850.
That all being said, on a $1000 build I usually aim to fit in a $250 card like the 6950 or the 560ti. You might be cutting it close on $900 but in a $1000 gaming build today if you can fit an i5-2500K and one of those graphics cards then you're in really good shape.