Well, Hello again everybody !
After a great deal of help, much research and the end of finals, I am coming close to making the first concrete steps building my third computer.
So, let me recap.
I am getting ready to purchase the parts and build a computer. This will be my third building experience but always have trouble with choosing components.
Nutty posted a superb computer earlier and I used that as a template, as follows.
Originally Posted by Nutty Pumpkin
I'll build you one now.
Intel Core i5 2500K
Corsair AX750 Gold Power Supply
Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB HD502HJ
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler
Corsair Vengeance CMZ4GX3M2A2000C10 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC 1GB
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R-B3 Motherboard
Totals at $1025 AU.
I can only imagine it'll be cheaper if your located in the states!
P.S Doesn't include case because I find that they are a personal choice.
I decided that I could keep my current and make do without the GPU. I am not playing anything that new or really too concerned with the graphics. I was thinking of saving money now and perhaps upgrading the GFX when a few more games come out.
I couldn't find the specific Mobo Nutty mentioned but after some research I found one that should be compatible with all of my parts and seems well reviewed and quite reasonably priced.
My old case, PSU and HDD's will be just fine, I think. The gaming case and PSU is completely re-usable and my 1TB/500GB HDDs are more than enough.
I will eventually be adding a second 1TB or 500GB HDD to this set up to try out a RAID 0. This will also be the first computer that fiddle with OC'ing.
This also goes great with the i5-2500k- and I actually went for slightly more RAM.
I won't be Overclocking for a while, so I held off on buying any additional heatsinks or cooling units to start with.
Am I missing anything?
The Build So Far...
OS: Win7 64bit
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K ($224.99)
MoBo: MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel ($139.99)
RAM: (2x) CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9 ($45.99 Each / 2 x = $91.98)
GFX Card(s): XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
Case: Either Antec 900 + EA650 or Antec P190 +1200
HDD(s): Using my own 1TB or 500GB HDDs.
This is all going to go with my 27'' Acer P243W.
Total with Tax & Shipping with aforementioned items:
I have pretty limited funds but also I would like to learn to "use what I have", so I thought I would re-use what I could from my old computers. The specs are as follows. In short, the HDD's, the Case & PSU, and the Radeon HD 4890.
Old Computer #2
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar GP 1TB Internal Hard Drive
Case: Antec 900 +EA650RT
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P P45 775 R
GFX Card: XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
Old Computer #1
HDD150 GB WD Raptor, Maxtor 500GB
GPUGF 8800 Ultra 768MB
CPUIntel Core 2 Extreme QX6800
RAMCorsair 2GB DDR2-800
Optical Drive Plextor PX-760A
Obviously the RAM, CPU and MoBo's are out. I think either case would be fine, really just a personal preference and the HDD's should also just fit right in. The only thing I doubt is the GFX card. It is a little old by now, but my needs haven't changed much in a few years. Specifically ,this is a gaming computer but I don't play anything too new or cutting edge. Warcraft 3, Starcraft 2, Team Fortress 2 and Bad Company 2. The only new games I am really looking forward to are Battlefield 3, Diablo 3 and the upcoming Starcraft 2 expansions.
In summation, the specific questions I have are:
Will the fact that I am going to overclock my i5 void any possible warranty? Normally if I was going to be doing a potentially risky thing I would definitely get the warranty, but I typically thought warranties were voided if you overclocked. As I understand the i5-2500K is intended for overclocking? But you guys are obviously the best place to ask.
Where/how would be the best place/way to sell my older computer components?
Any/all comments, advice, suggestions for better/cheaper parts or vendors.
Thanks a million and God bless us, everyone !