This is my first time piecing together a computer for gaming or otherwise. Needless to say I'm pretty ignorant. Any suggestions or observations would be greatly appreciated. My budget ceiling is a thousand clams, and it's firm. The build needs to include the OS, keyboard and mouse. With this build I'm $59 over my budget. Holla!
I'm not opposed to overclocking, but I have no experience with it. This rigs sole purpose is to run Guild Wars 2; perhaps something similar...so MMO's. In the future I'd like to stick a second GPU in there if it'll help. Thanks
If you want the option to overclock then you'll want a processor with an unlocked multiplier like the i5-2500K, which will be about $40 more. If you've got a processor with an unlocked multiplier then overclocking is really really easy. If you go that route, though, you'll also need an aftermarket cooler which will be about another $30.
For your first build I think it looks pretty solid! The only recommendations I could make in a practical sense would be to shave a few bucks off. Do you live anywhere near a Microcenter? I'm assuming you're US based if you're posting all Newegg links. Microcenter has some crazy black magic voodoo deals with processors, and they have the 2400 for 150 there. http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Other than that, I would go with danraies recomendation and swap to the Seasonic PSU if its the same price, they make just about the most bulletproof PSU's on the market.
Oh, and don't get too sucked into any hype with getting a larger GPU. If you're looking at mostly the MMO space your CPU will be a larger factor in smooth gameplay than the card will. 99.9% of mmo's are graphically optimized for lower end machines, with rapidly diminishing returns as you step up graphics settings. The CPU does most of the work when it comes to doing anything with other players on screen. Your 6850 is just fine for what you're looking to do, at the resolutions you're looking to do them at.
I do happen to live close to a Microcenter. They have an i5 2500k for $10 less than that there 2400. Will make the PSU switch on yer rec's. Would I be remiss for downgrading the GPU further to... say, what's on angaddev's build: XFX HD-667X-ZNFQ Radeon HD 6670 1GB?
A 2500k for less than a 2400? Hell jump on that deal before it goes away. In terms of stepdown of your GPU... I probably wouldn't go that far down, you're going to be fairly limited with a 6670. Your next choice would be to step down to a 6770, which would save you about 30-40 bucks. Honesty, if you think you can afford the extra, stick with the 6850, there's quite a performance gap between the 6850 and 6770, So if you were really strapped for cash I'd say try saving some money in other areas of your build.