So my budget for this build after tax is about $750 CAN (about $664 before tax) after rebates and I think I have a fairly good choice of parts, but as this is my first build I'm still a little unsure in some areas. Also I already have an hard and optical drive, and all other peripherals so those aren't needed. This is planned to be built within 2-3 weeks.
These parts I'm fairly certain about, I don't think I can get anymore performance for the price at the moment (if I'm wrong please correct me). For the GPU I was considering the GTX 560 TI, but for the extra, I think the 7850 is a better choice. Also GTX 480 looks promising for the price, but I'm a little hesitant buying a GPU from two series ago. That brings the total to $555.95, so that means I've got $108.05 to play around with for the PSU and motherboard. I know that seems kind of tight for the parts but that's all my budget really permits.
I think a 600W power supply should be fine to power these parts, my only concern is that down the line if I decide to add a second 7850 in crossfire; would the 600W power be sufficient or should I bump up to 750W? From what I know (which isn't much) with overclocking the motherboard can be just as important as the processor itself. I plan to do some overclocking, nothing extreme, so I think these boards will suffice.
The main reason for this thread is regarding the PSU and mobo, and just general feedback for the build/things I may have overlooked. I just want to make sure I'm prepared before jumping into things.
If it wasn't obvious this rig is meant for gaming primarily (sc2, diablo 3 - soon my pretty, bf3, you get it) and light image/video editing.
are p67 and z68 based motherboard the only one compatible with the 2500K for overclocking, or just the cheapest options?
the p67 has the ability to only overclock cpus, z68 does both. h61/h67 are budget boards which are not supposed to do either. other than that, all 3rd generation boards (b75,h77,z75, z77) have the ability to overclock(though you shouldnt on a h77 board)