I am building my first desktop with a little help and encouragement from a friend, and he recommended this site for final advise on comparability/performance. I'm building a new gaming computer with roughly 1700-1900$ in mind for a budget.
I am also unsure of which windows to buy, I would prefer one mounted for price, but I am open to suggestions. I'm a newb when it comes to building, and would appreciate any advise on comparability and if there are better/cheaper parts that will perform just as well as what I have rounded up. My friend has a mat and static protector.
i7-2600k does indeed have Hyperthreading, but it still does not benchmark significantly better for gaming applications. Certainly not worth the extra cost IMO.
It is true that the HDD is larger capacity, but quality on Hitachi is suspect at times. Not that WD is any great shakes either these days, but it is still better than Hitachi. Still, with the shortage, you have to go with what you can get.
I would also check the motherboard compatibility with Patriot ram. It can be a bit ticky.
And if Microcenter is in the mix, the i5-2500k can be had for $179.99.