I am a first time builder and I have picked out all the parts I want on Newegg and wanted to get some feedback.
I want a build a gaming rig primarily for minecraft, but I want to be able to upgrade in the future.
ZALMAN Z9 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811235026
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136769
GIGABYTE GV-N550WF2-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814125409
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Item #: N82E16817341017
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
In the future I plan to add 4more gb of RAM.
I also plan to upgrade the CPU. When I do this I will add a cpu cooler and either get a better graphics card or add another 550 TI in SLI.
I have mouse/keyboard/monitor/another HDD with windows already installed.
$584.03 is the total with shipping for all of these items
$509.03 after $75 in MIR
Please let me know what you think. Should I switch out any components? Should I wait until a certain time to buy when newegg has better deals? Should I buy some things from Amazon?
All feedback is appreciated!
For starters the Cooler Master HAF 912 is a far better case than the Zalman Z9, the Radeon 6850 is a better GPU than the 550TI is, and with the i3-2120 you're better off pairing it with an H77 than a Z68 - you only need Z68 if you're going to overclock.
I would agree that a CM HAF case would be better than a Z9, but the Z9 is cheaper and I like the way it looks.
Is there a need to upgrade the video card from a 550 TI? The Radeon 6850 may be better, but it is also more costly. I'm looking for a cheap system to get me started that I can upgrade down the road. From what I have read, the 550ti will be a good enough match for the i3-2120.
I know an H version mobo is all I need for the i3, but the Z68 I found is only $80 and would five me the option to upgrade to say an i5 2500K and over-clock in the future if I dare.