I second this: I have always used Asus for my Motherboards. I actually JUST finished building a pretty sweet gaming setup early this summer that I am completely and totally in love with.zeedogg wrote:asus 55 sabretooth i think is the one i built last year? i forget which one. but i always build asus mobo's
My suggestion is to pick what's important. I put the Sandy Bridge i5 CPU in and it's fantastic. Check out the specs to see how it compares, but I like it because it's crazy fast for the price, and it runs cool. Get the unlocked version and you could easily overclock it to i7 speeds (though it's really not necessary). Do NOT skimp on your power supply. Get a 750 watt or better, and get a good one (budget power supplies will ruin your day more than once if you are using them to power something like a gaming rig).
Here is a list of the stuff I built mine with. You don't have to go quite as overboard on some of the stuff I did, but it's a good baseline:
Here is the case I chose. The Video Card BARELY fits, but I like it because it looks neat, has good cable management, and if you felt how heavy the pc is when it's done, the handle is nice if you ever have to move it. I also like the location of the USB ports on the front: nice and easy to access if it sits on the floor:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6811119196
This is the motherboard I picked. I like it because it allows me to run my RAM at higher speeds than what is considered stock, and it supports SATA3:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6813131705
For the Video Card, I went with this and I can't tell you how much I love this thing. It's spendy, but it's about as good as it gets for a single GPU setup:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6814130590
Here is the Power supply. I picked this one for the modular hookups so I don't have a bunch of unused cables mucking up my case and preventing good airflow:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6817139011
And here is the processor:
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I also elected to grab this since the stock coolers with CPU's tend to be a joke (and a loud joke at that...) It keeps the i5 nice and cool, and easily enables overclocking if I want it...
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6835103099
This is what I used for RAM. I actually bought two of these kits for a total of 16 GB (TOTAL overkill, but for the price, I thought why not. Plus, it runs at 1600 MHz, which is supported natively with the Motherboard I bought: no overclocking necessary):
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6820231428
Finally, I went with a 1 TB Western Digital HDD that I had laying around for storage, and then I threw this 120 GB SSD drive in for the OS install (since again, my motherboard supports SATA3 speeds):
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6820227706
Keep in mind though: not long after building this PC, we had a lot of PC's at work with the cheaper OCZ SSD drives experience frequent problems. If I could do it all over again, I would get an Intel SSD instead. More spendy, but they seem more reliable. I have had no issues with my OCZ drive yet, and it IS blazing fast, but I never stop worrying about it going bad on me...
I elected to just go with a regular DVD drive. The details aren't important enough to list on here. Any drive will do.
Added up on Newegg, it still comes out under $1500 (I bought some parts from Microcenter for cheaper than Newegg, and I got others during sales with Newegg and Amazon so I probably paid closer to $1300 in the end).
I can tell you it's a fast PC, and I have yet to find anything that really seems to make it work very hard. All the newest games will run at high settings with 1080p resolutions, and it should stay good for at least awhile. At some point when the price comes down I may buy a second GTX580 to run SLI, but I don't see a need for that for awhile. I hope some of that helps, and if you want help, just ask!