Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully tomorrow. My Main computer just died
Budget Range: $1000ish
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies. I'd like to be able to run Skyrim on highish settings.
Parts Not Required: OS, DVD burner, Larger Harddrives, Sound Card, Wireless Card, and monitors.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm okay with anything, but I prefer the Motherboard, Processor, and Ram be purchased from Mwave so I can buy their testing service. I've had really good luck with it in the past.
Country: USA, Wisconsin
Parts Preferences: by brand or type; No real brand preference.
Overclocking: I could be talked into it.
SLI or Crossfire: No need.
From mWave (I really like their assemble/test service for $10)
PSU is not the best. The SSD is SATA II; it should be SATA III. I recommend Crucial M4 SSDs for reliability (MAKE SURE IT IS SATA III). Since you won't SLI, 650W is just fine, but make sure the brand is XFX, Seasonic or Corsair.
I think I will go with the Muskin (Faster read/Write speeds) and the Seasonic PSU.
Does my Motherboard look alright? I had a difficult time picking one out.
I should be able to run Skyrim/new games on high, right? The reviews I've read on my card seemed to be that way.
Any extras I should consider? Thanks so much!
Yes, the system will allow you to run modern games on high. (@1920x1080 res, might need to refrain from going max AA and AF, and using tessellation though in all games).
As for the motherboard: Decent for its price, but it comes with a built-in GPU. Limited use for a gaming rig. You can either get a similar motherboard without the built-in GPU and save some bucks, or you can get a similar priced motherboard with some other additional features.
"Cooler Master GX 750 W looks like a good option for users looking for a mainstream 750 W power supply, however it has a major flaw that prevents us from recommending it; noise level at +3.3 V and +5VSB outputs were above the maximum allowed when we pulled 600 W and above from this unit. High noise levels overload and can even damage components on your computer."
"Of course GX 750 W offers as advantages having four power cables for video cards and more SATA power connectors, but it is only safe to run this new Cooler Master unit up to 450 W."
cooler master makes very undesirable PSUs - barely adequate components.
the most important part of a rig is the psu, why spend $80 to power $900 is beyond me.