System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Netflix, Surfing
Parts Not Required: keyboard and mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none
Country: US of A
Parts Preferences: I don't have a preference on brand. I am looking to build it as futureproof as possible within that budget. I was looking at the phenom II x4 be though I'm not against one of the new sandy bridge intels either. I need most of my help picking out a motherboard, case, cooling, and sound. Also any insight in general you can give me when it comes to pairing GPUS with CPUS would be helpful.
Overclocking: I would like to
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the road
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 would be optimal, but must stay within price range and am willing to downgrade a bit here to get maximum performance.
Additional Comments: I don't play my fps on computer, but I would like to play games like starcraft 2 diablo 3 SWtoR on maximum settings if possible.
I will let you shop around for best prices when the time comes. They change so fast that posting them here would be kind of a waste. I will say when the time comes to get the processor, check a site called Microcenter.com to see if there is a location near you. They beat everyone else on CPU prices by a large margin. Look at the top of the page for the location drop down. http://www.microcenter.com/
Anyway, here is what to look for.
Processor - Core i5-2500k
Motherboard - ASUS or Gigabyte z68. Just pick the one that has the features you want. All are good.
Ram -2x4gb DDR3. 1600 speed for overclocking headroom. Corsair(but not the tall heat sink stuff), Kingston HyperX, Gskill RipJaws.
Video Card from this chart - GTX 560 Ti or AMD HD 6950 or above. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
Hard drive - 500gb or above Western Digital SATA III 6gb/s.
DVD RW drive - Samsung
Case - This is more of a personal preference thing, but the Coolermaster HAF series is very popular right now. You just need a good mid to full tower with at least two 120mm fans, and good airflow.
PSU - 650 watt 80 plus bronze certified from Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, Silverstone, or XFX for one of the above level cards. 750 watts for dual cards.
Sound would be included on the motherboard. AMD CPU is not listed as they are just not competitive at this level.
That being said, is that one cooling fan going to be enough? What cables do I need to purchase? When is Windows 8 supposed to come out and is it something to wait for?
Windows 8 is a while away. It's nothing worth waiting for.
Later towards the end of the year, if Windows 8 turns out to be a big improvement over Windows 7, then consider grabbing yourself Windows 8 and an SSD as a nice upgrade option to your build hopefully SSD prices will be cheaper then too
I'm new to this whole thing and have never built a computer before, in fact my brother is building this one for me. I need to know a few things yet. Are there cables that I need to purchase along with the hardware? I noticed specifically that the power supply said that the power cord was not included and that is why im asking. Also is the single 120mm fan enough cooling. I don't immediately plan on overclocking because I am not educated enough on the subject, but down the road I would like to.