System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet Browsing, School Work
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, optical drive, operating system
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: I want to stick with GTX series & an Intel CPU
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024
I'm making a new computer because my laptop can not handle D3. I want to be able to run the game maxed out if possible. I'm limited to the amount of money I can spend and I would prefer to keep it under $750.
I'm choosing the i3 only because of money constraints. I also chose the mobo so I can upgrade to IvyB later on if I want to. I am open to dropping down to a 500gb HD, just haven't found a price that was low enough to justify it. Didn't know if the CPU fan would be needed since I'm not OC'ing and the case already comes with 2 fans, but I also heard that the fan that comes with the processor is pretty loud so this could be a replacement.
So I need to make sure that my build is compatible and I would also like to know if there are any modifications I can make to lower costs and adjust money to where it needs to be. My main concern is that one of my cases fans has a 3-pin connector, but from what I'm able to understand about the z77 it only has 4-pins for fans?
For playing at 1280X1024 you don't need that powerful system.A Radeon 6850 with i3 will be more than enough. Here's a build under $700. Save some money for now and get a better monitor in a few months.
Remember this is a complete overkill for the current resolution that you will be gaming in.
A lot of people are having issues using Radeon GPU's with Blizzard games and especially D3. That is why I want to stick with GeForce GPU's. If I got the monitor would I be able to justify getting a GPU like the 560 ti?
I also can understand the drop to a cheaper case (even though that case has pretty limited airflow), but is 450w enough to power this build?
I get the change to a h61, but why the upgrade in CPU? Is it worth the money or would I be able to keep an i3 and possibly put the extra money towards getting the monitor?
I can drop the HDD to the Cavier Blue 500GB as well.
Regarding new monitor it's your choice. I suggested it because the monitor resolution you had was low, you could enjoy gaming on a higher resolution with a new monitor. Since you had a max budget of $750. I recommended that Acer monitor. I didn't know which size monitor you would prefer.
You will not be able to overclock your i5 2500K with the Gigabyte motherboard. The H61 based chipset motherboard does not support overclcoking of CPU even the i5 2500K.For you to do so look for Z68, P67 chipsets based motherboard,for which you will have to push up your budget.
You could look at the gtx 480 it performs as well as the gtx 570 which is $300+. The only drawbacks of the 480 is it is power hungry and runs a bit hotter than other cards, which also means slightly more fan noise. But, at the same price as the 560ti. The 480 wins hands down as far as performance.