This will be my first build, and a few good friends of mine (who have done quite a few builds themselves), will be assisting me in the actual build. I've gone with Intel (obviously) as my CPU and Nvidia as my GPU brand of choice, took a while to decide, but quality justifies it for the money in my opinion.
I also intend on pursue overclocking, at baby steps of course
So without further ado, my build. I hope its not too bad
Case - COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Hard Drive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Power Supply - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W
MotherBoard - MSI P55-CD53 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield
Graphics Card - MSI N460GTX Twin Frozr II SOC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5
RAM - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK
CPU Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
I'm pretty sure everything is compatible, if not feel free to yell at me
However, if you can find parts of better quality/performance @ the same price or a tad bit more expensive also let me know!
+Rep to all that who contribute and help, even the slightest thing.. it is without a doubt greatly appreciated
Thanks in Advance!
Edit: You might want to get faster RAM (1600mhz), it wouldn't be much more expensive.
From building computers, I have learned is this:
1. NEVER skimp on the PSU
2. NEVER skimp on the mother boards
I would bump my mother board price range to $150, and go with a board that has the ability to do cross fire / SLI. You will thank me later.
Here are some options:
A bit much: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131482
Remember the mother board IMO IS the heart of the computer, and is the hardest part to change later. especially if you use a Windows 7 OEM license.
I would jump up to a more beefy PSU as well. Corsair is a great brand for PSU.
These have a gold 80+ rating, they are also modular. (Which is a great feature)
Unless you plan on running a Linux / BSD distro, you will need a Windows license. If you don't upgrade often, then an OEM license is your best bet.
I am personally more of a Western Digital guy.
More storage space and not much more coin. If your budget will allow, you might want to look at a small SSD for a boot drive.
If you game on a 22inch monitor or larger, then you might want to go with a GTX 460 with 1GB VRAM.
More to come. Done for now.
Something else to keep in mind is when you plan on building this computer. AMD's Bulldozer and Intel's Sandy Bridge are both coming in 2011. Both platforms will out preform current generation platforms. Also both AMD and nVidia are releasing new GPU's which will be faster then the GTX460.
Overclocking wise, I'd like to get it to 3.2 GHz, maybe 3.4 max, I don't really want to push higher than that with the Clock. I just got the 212+ because I wanted better temps in general, besides aren't the stock coolers loud?
Also, is there a specific thermal grease you would recommend, or does the 212+ come with its own in a bottle or pre applied?
@AtomicFrost I could fit in that second motherboard in my budget, I'd have to downgrade a bit to a GTS 450, but thats fine, though regarding a more beefy PSU, perhaps i'll invest in that down the line when I want to do a SLI setup. About Windows, however my friend has an MSDN account i think it is? So he's gonna get me 7 through there.
I'll substitute my previous drive for the western digital, thanks man! As much as i wish i could have an SSD, i just don't think it will fit in the budget unfortunately. Regarding the graphics card and display size, I will be gaming on a 19" tv, do you think a GTS 450 with 1 GB of ram will be sufficient?
But yeah, i know of Sandy Bridge and AMD BullDozers, i'm not too familiar with the specifications, but i'll look into that a bit actually.
Graphics Cards wise, your right AMD and Nvidia will release new cards, but i think i'll be satisfied with what i have.
Thanks a whole lot man, really appreciate it.
@Morizuno: I'm kind of a noob at resolution stuff, but i would say a moderate resolution, not some crazy one however. But for games, i'd like to play Metro 2033, Fallout New Vegas, the Stalker Series, Crysis, and others. Obviously for Metro and Crysis, I'll have to adjust the settings accordingly, but as long as its a nice fps and it looks decent, i'll be more than pleased
One other question. I intend on using HDMI for my 19" tv, how would i get sound through my HDMI?
If other people have their own entire ideas for builds feel free to share em, though i'm kind of at an $800 budget. :/