Hello there, first off I'm new on building a computer. Just know the basics and have been through all of Newegg's video tutorials on how to build a computer. Just wanted to ask the community if the parts/case were compatible, if the video card fits in the case and where could I cut some costs or add better parts. I will like to hear what you have to say and recommend. Thank you.
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming, Media Center, some Video/Photo Editing, Internet.
Parts Not Required:
Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, O.S. (Windows7)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg & Amazon
U.S.A. - Puerto Rico
Intel, Video Cards i'm open to opinions and recommendations.
Overclocking: Never tried this. Not necessary for my needs I believe.
SLI or Crossfire: It is not necessary for now I believe.
if u don't plan to overclock, find a cheap h67 motherboard to save more money.
the only reason u need 2GB gpu is if u are planning to use more than 1 monitor, if not, i would recommend gtx 560 ti because it offers better drivers, less noise, cooler, and physX
you dont need a 2500k. its a waste if you dont plan to overclock. if you want a quad core Intel just get a 2300 or 2400 and save some cash. Also when it comes to GPU's the 6950 is faster than the 560 ti its is suppose to compete with the GTX 570.
If you arent dead set on an Intel you could get an AMD 6 core for cheaper and with its 6 cores it will preform better at rendering etc and they are cheaper.
Btw, the games I'll be playing mostly would be Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Shogun 2 Total War and stuff like that..
I'm going with the i5 2400 cpu to save some money for better components and because I really don't wish to overclock.
Might switch to a 750 or 850W PSU also just in case I wish to upgrade to SLI or Crossfire in the future.
Also, I have one question is it better to go with a Z68 Mobo, or just go with a P67 or H67?
I'm undecided between the 6950 or the gtx560 ti; I'm more inclined to going with nVidia's GPU since they have better drivers and support. I might SLI two 560's in the future.
Also, what Case do you recommend around the <$100 price mark.
your going to leave performance on the table and it will be a decent amount if you cross fire. if you crossfire either one of the gpu's your cpu will not be able to keep up at its stock config in skyrim and bf3. better to spend 20 more and get a cpu that can be overclocked.
in case you dont know anyone can overclock there K series cpu to atleast 4.2 with just changing the multiplier to 42 and leaving the voltage and everything else to auto. that all you would have to do. so the 20 dollars extra is worth more then 20 dollars in performance.