First of all, I've never built a computer before. I'm new to this.
Currently I'm in the process of buying new parts for a gaming build, with RPG games such as Skyrim and Witcher 2, and Blizzard games, i.e. Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 in mind. I want to max these games out at a decent resolution, preferably 1080p.
So, I've already bought a few parts. I'll mark the parts I've already boughten with a *
I'm also considering buying a cheaper motherboard, the GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 ($120), and a cheaper CPU, the Intel Core i3-2120 ($130) if by some chance I fall short in funds. Hopefully I can raise the extra $100 for the better parts, but I thought I'd mention these alternatives, so you guys can critique with them in mind.
What I've listed above is everything I plan to (or already have purchased) buy. How does it look? Am I missing anything crucial?
I see that the RAM you suggested is basically the same as what I've purchased. I've been led to believe that corsair is a good brand, correct? is there any reason why I should have gone with your suggestion?
Also, I like your hard drive suggestion - it's significantly cheaper. Will it suffice for my gaming needs?
The mobo has about the same if not the same specs as the one I've been considering, but is $35 cheaper. I don't recognize ASRock, and I wonder if the quality will be good? Will it compare to a Gigabyte mobo?
AS for what processor I should choose... it seems that the i5 2400 and the i5 2500k only differ in price by $20. I'm not sure how to overclock, and I'm not positive if I will be doing it. However, I have read that the game Skyrim benefits from an overclocked CPU. Still, I don't really understand the OCing concept (aside from the fact that it makes the CPU or GPU faster), and I have no idea how to do it.
Corsair is a lovely brand! This stuff is just cheaper
Yup, the hard drive will work. An SSD would be better but you can't afford to drop $200 on one, haha.
ASRock is an excellent brand. They are the current leaders in value. (in my opinion) They used to be part of Asus but split off to forge their own identity. I'm on an ASRock board right now and have used 2 in the past. I'm a big fan of them.
I'd grab the 2500k.
Overclocking is really just the act of pushing a current through the chip faster. The faster the current, the faster the processing times. The downside is more current=more heat. Tame the heat and you are good to go.