Budget Range: as low as possible for the parts I want.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, monitor, case, optical drive, RAIDMAX RX-450K 450W ATX12V Power Supply, case (not sure of brand--stickers that say powered by asus and powered by bfg with a razor snake sticker on it and dimensions are approx. 18.5x16.5x7.5 LxWxH in inches)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, micro center, anything else cheap and reputable
Country: U.S.A.--Atlanta, GA
Parts Preferences: Intel cpu
Overclocking: Not for awhile, maybe when I upgrade PSU's
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not
Monitor Resolution: 1600x900 for now
Additional Comments: Here's the build I have assembled so far:
CPU & Mobo: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor + ASRock Z77 Pro4-M 1155 mATX Intel Motherboard
in combo deal from micro center for $249.98! I don't think I'll find a better deal on that
RAM: Crucial (1x4) 4GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Module
from micro center for $22.99
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
from newegg.com for $39.99
GPU: SAPPHIRE Flex 100328FLEX Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
from newegg.com for $129.99
PSU: RAIDMAX RX-450K 450W ATX12V
OS: trying to get win 7 from my girlfriend's university for free, or some other source--don't have an extra $100 for it right now.
I want to know if these parts will all be compatible and complement each other well. Is the PSU sufficient to run this setup? I will primarily be playing D3, but I want to be able to play other, more graphically demanding games too. How many case fans/what size should I get, generally speaking? Any other comments and advice you guys have for me!!
This set up with any of those GPUs is enough to run most games with high/ultra settings in 1600x900
You may also want to get some fans and a cpu cooler unless you already have them.
Here's a cpu cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I wouldn't get into water cooled stuff because they can sometimes leak and completely ruin your processor and maybe your motherboard. I would estimate you would need to put about $800 into this to get the stuff mentioned here.