Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, Sound Card, Case, and power supply
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca or tigerdirect.ca
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: No Idea
Additional Comments: I already have a corsair PSU rated at 750 wat and its gold standard. I also have the coolermaster beast case. I don't remember the name but its definitely overkill for whatever I'm doing. I have never overclocked before but I might give it a shot but nothing to crazy. The only part I havent put up is a hard drive because I don't know if I should keep my cheap sata 2, 500gb HD or get a new SSD one. I also didn't list Windows because I'm still weighing out the benifits of Windows 7 versions.
If I include Windows 7 and a SSD the current build might be roughly 1000$
Please feel free to tear apart everything I have suggested.
The only two parts I'm strongly sure of are these.
Get the 2500k. Overclocking is very easy and many games see much improvement with a 4.4 clock on air. I have a 2500k with the 212 and i maintain 4.4 with no heat issues. I would say wait a couple weeks to see what AMD is coming out with and maybe it will come with a price drop on the gtx 500s. Also save up some money and I highly recommend a SSD at least for a boot drive. I love the start and shutdown times.
Thanks folks, ill wait for the video card drop and swap CPU for the 2500k.
As far as waiting goes... the only GPU launching soon is the 7970 and with limited availability at that. The 7950 will come around "soon after" but it appears to be later rather than sooner. The 7700 and 7800s will start arriving sometime this quarter but that could be as long as March (with Feb being more likely). All speculation. Read the January update: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
My point is that chips are already a little cheaper (since the holidays are over) and I think only the high-end chips will further drop prices this month. I think the mainstream chips won't get cheaper for another month or so.
I actually plan on hooking up the computer through HDMI to put 40 inch TV. Never done anything like this before but hopefully everything looks good.
Well hopefully its a 1080p TV. Only real trouble with the larger TVs is that each pixel gets larger and more noticeable the larger they get while the resolution isn't more than 1080p or sometimes just 720p.
Its not 1080p, I might have to get a new one if it doesn't look good
Well as long as its at least 720p then it'll be good, I didn't mean to make you worry. It's the kind of thing that gets very noticeable on the 50"+ screens. a 40" @720p is probably fine. I do hope its not like a standard def or something (not sure if they even make those). That would be very bad.