So I built a system a couple of years ago in with plans to upgrade, but then DDR3 decided to exist, so I'm back at square one.
Plan build date: March 15th ish
Budget: Sub $700
System Usage: Absolutely games
Parts Not required: Case, Monitor, Keyboard/mouse
Preferred website for parts: lets face it, probably newegg
Parts Preference: Not particularly brand loyal but Im trying to build around the i5-2500k
Overclocking: Probably considering how easy it seems to be on the k
SLI or Crossfire: down the line
Monitor Resolution: custom since its a tv, but around 1600x900 (more like 1756 x 1082 or something weird like that)
Ok, so here is the rundown so far:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(actually found this for $50 cheaper retail at a Microcenter near me so I will probably pick it up this weekend)
current setup would be interesting to know (if your setup was decent when you got it a couple of gears ago, dropping in a gpu should solve any gaming issues for now), also knowing what games and what level of performance is 'acceptable'
With regard to the motherboard and cpu, you do have a nice upgrade path, given the next gen of cpu's from intel will be compatible, not to mention the 2500k will retain more value if you decide to sell it on.
With regard to the ram, on sandy bridge you can 'get away' with having 1333 ram and noticing zero effect on games. (I doubt games now or in 2-3 years will address more than 4gb of ram also)
It's hard to not get suckered into the ram marketting, but the massive fall in ram prices is partially due to their insignificance on the sandybridge platform.
So buy the cheapest, I think memory only seems to play a part when you're number crunching or transferring big files (nearly never in games)
1) Buy an aftermarket cpu cooler up front. It will keep your cpu cooler, quieter, and oc easier and higher. It need not be expensive. A$30 Xigmatek gaia or cm hyper212 will do the job.
2) If you are using a tv of moderately current vintage, it will be 720p or 1080p 720 will be 1280 x 720, and 1080 will be 1920 x 1080.
3) The graphics card is the real engine of good gaming. You are paying more than you need for the extra ram and a fancy cooler.
You can save some there, or spend a bit more for the 448 core GTX560ti, or even a GTX570.
4) I think I have heard of a good 2500K + motherboard combo available at microcenter, check that out.
As far as RAM and PSU I found this combo that i was gonna use on a build im making for myself. its roughly 85$ after mail in rebates and has 8gb of G.SKIL ripjaws x and a 600w instead of 630w supply. However I'm not sure if you need the extra 30W on your PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...