Hi guys, I've been perusing this forum for a few weeks and am thinking about pulling the trigger on this build and would like you guys to look over it. Is there anywhere I could save some money or make a large upgrade for a small price increase? I'd like to hold onto this build for a few years, will any components be obsolete soon or are already outdated? Will this build run most new and near future games on the highest settings with decent framerates and resolution? Is everything compatible? Thanks in advance, this will be my first build so any advice is appreciated.
I'd switch out the motherboard - mATX and H61 are *NEVER* a good idea on a full desktop build. You forfeit two RAM slots and 4 SATA ports in case you want to add more drives, and you also forfeit an x16 lane in case you want to add a second video card. Not to mention limited access to the BIOS. If you wanted to I'd suggest switching the CPU for an i3-2120 and then upgrading your GPU to a 7850.
nothing is over kill in this hardware world. Every year the manufactures releases new product. Like wise the software ppl also do the same. The matter is worse in the gaming world. With over expensive hardwares u may be able to play all the latest games at a very high setting but after one year there is no guarantee that they will be able to keep up to the level with the freshly released games.
Cpu is socket dependent. If there is a new processor available later on for ur socket type then u can surely upgrade.
Hmm, so with the 2500k and 6870 I got a total of $892 including shipping and rebates. So basically the same price as the i3-2120 and 7850.
I guess it's worth the GPU sacrifice for a better CPU? Hope it's not too big a sacrifice, but like you said I could always upgrade later and the 2500k should provide more value in the long run. Thanks again for your responses.