This will be my first build, but i want to make sure all the parts are compatible before i buy anything. This will be for more home based use, along with some gaming. (BF3, Diablo 3, SC2, and Minecraft.) I'm also hooking it up to my home theater.
You can save yourself $100 by going with the i5-2500k. The 2600k will give you no additional performance over the 2500k and it costs $100 more , because it has hyperthrerading which is not utilized in gameing. You could take that $100 and put it towards getting a better video card.
Those processors were just $299 at Newegg last week! Bummer. However, if you live near a Microcenter, they have a better price. There is a drop down box at the top pf the page with the locations. http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0354587
Yeah - why is Newegg jacking the price of the 2500K? Is it to meet demand? Is it something else. I don't get it.
Personally i prefer ASUS or Gigabyte motherboards, but that Asrock seems pretty popular.
I'm the same way - I generally prefer Asus or Gigabyte (currently using Gigabyte) and I'm open to trying Asrock but it seems either people have great success with their boards or they don't.