CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.51 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.20 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($105.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6950 1GB Video Card ($264.90 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 Blue ATX Mid Tower Case ($114.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.42 @ Mac Connection)
Optical Drive: Asus DVDE818A7T/BLK/B/GEN CD Reader, DVD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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Thats the build I've settled on so far. Although I'm not opposed to tweaks such as a lower price component with very little difference in performance, or a slightly higher price with a noticeable difference in performance.
Also, another question I had was compatibility issues. I plan on assembling this myself, for the first time, and I'm wondering if theres anyway I can make sure its all compatibile. For example, my friend recently purchased a new CPU and MOBO, only to find out his old DVD drive couldnt connect to the MOBO at all. Will I experience anything like that?
And should I be okay as someone semi-familiar with computers (I've installed a power supply/graphics card before) assembling all of this from scratch for the first time?