Hey, over the last few days I have researched hard on putting together a build ideal for heavy usage with multiple programs after hours and high quality gaming. Here is my final revision, and please let me know of any changes I should consider.
Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($128)
RAM : 8GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Ripjaw Series Dual Channel kit for Intel LGA1156/AM3 ($52)
Video Card : SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity ($150)
HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM ($85)
Casing : COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($51)
Power Supply : CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V ($70)
CPU Cooler : Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler ($21)
Case Fan : Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm LED Case Fan ($15)
~$761 + Shipping (maybe the fans bought locally)
I would go with [this] motherboard, although it doesn't seem to be on Amazon which is what I'm wanting to buy from. Unless you think the Gigabyte board is perfect for my needs, what else could I consider?
Due to overclocking with the i5 2500K, I want to install the fan at the top of the HAF 912 and replace the CPU stock cooler. Will that be suffice for overclocking?
As for power, I've been told this'll work good with 500 W, so it seems the 600 W supply's a good buy. Others have suggested more expensive models, but if I should look at another PSU, why?
Lastly, if you can find ways to trim some of these prices down, please, I'm all ears.
Thanks in advance.
You should buy that Asrock board since it is ATX. It might be cheaper on Newegg. I suggest a dual fan CPU cooler such as the Corsair CAFA70 from Newegg. It should be good for overclocking up to 4.5 GHz depending on ambient temperature and the number of case fans installed. You should look at 850W PSU if you want to later do overclocking and CorssFire. It won't go much cheaper than that. For the HAF 912 you should get 2X 200mm fans, 1 140mm fan and 1 120mm fan at 2000 RPM or above for best airflow.
Since fans are pretty cheap I think I'll start with the two 200mm for top and front and a 140 for the side.
As for the PSU, what about [this] presuming I want to overclock the i5? On a couple of boards I learned 650W does the trick as long as the 12v rail is good.
And thing with the Asrock is I don't see how I can buy from Newegg when I'm in Australia and it only ships around the US. If there's alternative motherboards you can recommend, that'd be great. Otherwise any other way to get the Asrock (I can check local stores, but their prices can easily outweigh online goods with shipping) would be great.
Your 650W PSU choice is solid and sufficient for overclock unless you want to do CrossFire. In that case you will need 850W PSU. Any mobo that is Z68 ATX gen3 would work. Asrock is just one of this example. You can do your filtering search on NewEgg first and then buy the corresponding mobo from your local store.