Ive always played computer games but never got much into the science behind it. I decided I wanted to build my own computer good for gaming (FPS and MMO) and checked into it. I started some research and found myself on Newegg until 5 am. Computer building seems really fun and interesting so Im working on a build right now and need some suggestions. Keep in mind I want to run games on decently high level graphics with good frames but Im not worried about seeing the sweat on the forehead of the terrorist im about to shoot across the map.
Budget wise max I'd like to go is $1200 (but the cheaper the better) cause I have to get a monitor, gaming mouse, etc.
Also a major thing with me is reliabilty, I do not want anything to break anytime soon. Vid card is understandable.
The processor Im pretty set on seems just right for my needs. Not flippin amazing but good. And I want the K cause im looking into overclocking and it sounds interesting.
Video cards seem to be the hardest to learn about quickly. I dont know what makes them better or who makes the better ones but this is one I found that seemed nice and I think had good reviews. If its not enough for good gaming let me know. If I need to downgrade let me know also.
The motherboard is where Im having the most trouble. I dont want to spend too much but I do want have decently good room for expansion for the next 3 or so years. Ive looked at a few and im a little torn between the P67's and the Z68's ive been looking at. If you have any other suggestions for high to mid end gaming that would be great.
nice post from sadams, a couple quick things to add:
1) 16GB RAM is definitely overkill. 8GB is plenty.
2) both the 560Ti and 6950 will be quite good for gaming. however, if you're building for longevity, an upgrade to a 570 or 6970 might be worthwhile. either card should perform well for the life of your computer.
3) i personally would recommend dropping down to a ~650W power supply unless you really expect to add a second graphics card later. in my experience, people don't crossfire/SLI down the road nearly as much as they think they might. as far as the PSU itself, sadams' brand recommendations are spot on, but be sure to read reviews as some specific lines (the corsair builder series comes to mind) are a bit suspect.
4) i would strongly consider adding a solid state drive in the 128GB range, to hold your operating system and some games. the difference in speed is astounding.
5) do you need a monitor? copy of windows?