So I have been doing a lot of research the past few days to build my first computer, my understanding of computers is fairly basic but working on that. The goal of this build is I bought The Old Republic today and my current computer can barely play it on minimum settings so time to do that much wanted upgrade. And when I was doing my research on this stuff, Tom's Hardware kept popping up with a lot of the answers, so hopefully I can use your expertise just a little bit more. Thankyou in advance.
- Now I do have a couple of concerns and these are
1. I have a friend who claims to know a lot about computers and keeps pushing me toward a AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition.... Would it really be that big of a difference either way? and if so which way?
2. Is everything I have compatible?
3. I would like to try my hand at overclocking once I learn more about it, will this set up work? with the stock heatsink? and where should I start as far as overclocking goes?
4. What can I expect when i build this? what should I look out for keeping in mind this is my first time?
5. Lastly are there any areas I could save some money, like maybe I'm thinking i need more then I actually do, I am at the upper level of my budget with this.
When I pick parts I like to order right away because the next day prices may go up, sales end.
If your budget is that high you should be able to get two 560Ti or one 7950.
The i5-2500k is far superior to that phenom ll.
Yes everything is compatible but I would add in a CPU cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You can save money on the motherboard HDD and lastly I am thinking you don't need that wireless adapter. I would much rather have a cable.
This total is a little bit over but it is much more capable than the previously mentioned systems. $1,277.90 before shipping $1,289.70 with shipping but you can get $45 in rebates making it come to $1,244.70
I'd rather spend a bit more to get a computer you aren't making exceptions on when picking parts even if its a bit over. So when it comes to a case that one is good but if it doesn't have the looks that you like you can upgrade that so figure in about another $50. To deal with that you would then have to stop down on GPU power (or just pay the difference) to either a 570 (which will be better than the 560Ti 448 core) or an 6970. Both of those are about $320 so you get back $130 giving you $175 to spend on a case.