I've decided to build a gaming PC because it seems like an interesting project and I can be proud of it when I'm done. I've been doing research the last couple of weeks and I've got a draft components list I'd like some one to take a look at. I want a PC that can run the latest games in high quality and run games well for years to come.
CPU: Inter Core i5 Processor
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68- V LX Intel
RAM: Patriot G2 Series 8GB DDR3
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB
Power Supply: Ultra LSP650 650-Watt
Optical Drive: Life-On Internal DVD Writer
Case: Cooler Master RC-430-KWN1 Elite 430
If anyone could help me improve or save money I would be hugely thankful. Also if their is a problem with this list (eg. parts aren't compatible) it would be great if you could point those problems out for me
Go for the 2500k if you plan on OCing. If you are going for the 3570k, the 2500k would be better for OCing and save money. I would go for the ASROCK Extreme3 Gen3. It OC's well and I own that board, RAM, and a 2500k and they are run very well together. You can probably even get that RAM to run @ 1.5v instead of 1.65v. Looks pretty good besides that. Also, the HDD isn't a very fast drive (I owned one and they aren't bad at all though) so if you want a faster drive I would suggest an SSD, WD Black Caviar, or a Seagate Barracuda 1tb 32mb.
Thanks, I didn't put the links in they were added automatically. This might sound like a stupid question but what is over clocking and why should I do it??
LOL, I was talking about links that I had originally posted, but they didn't work...
Anyway, overclocking is just a way to get extra performance from your CPU, if you need it (or just want to, in my case). With a Sandy Bridge i5, you shouldn't really NEED to OC for a while, but it's nice to have the option if you ever DO need to, which is why the 2500K is so attractive (unlocked multipliers, so it's very easily OC'd, unlike the non K CPU's, which can't be OC'd very much).
The one I've got written down on my component list in front of me is a 2500k Will downgrading the Mother Board to a ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 noticeably reduce the performance of the PC??
That's not a downgrade, it's an UPGRADE. Nothing wrong with the quality of the LX, it's just very basic (I have the LE, which is one step above the LX, but is still pretty basic). The ASRock and the other Asus board I listed offer much more.