Originally Posted by whiteslashasian
Originally Posted by GreenFrog
oh man.. there's so much new shit to learn about if i want to build my own computer.
oh well, i get intensely passionate about mini projects like this so it could be fun.
If you have a Micro Center nearby get the 2500k there for $180 and $50 off any Intel mobo.
The latest AMD and Nvidia offerings will be MASSIVE overkill. The GTX 680 by nvidia is a BEAST and quiet. Get a case with a door (quiet) that comes pre-lined with sound absorbant materials and quiet fans. The Fractal R3 fits that description nicely. Get an aftermarket heatsink as the stock Intel one is GARBAGE; either something with a PWM enabled fan or just a quiet one like the Noctua's would be great. Get some more Noctua fans for the case too. You can get 16gb of low voltage ddr3 1600 ram for $80 or so (again overkill) and a 60gb SSD for $60 after rebates: Patriot Pyro on newegg.
I can help with more specifics if you need.
SSD is a good call. Once you get your OS and game installed on SSD you'll realize the HDD lag you've been experiencing.
Fans, yup, fans. I think I have five chasis fans alone, two on my video card, one or two on my power supply, and of course one on top of the heat sink for my chip. So quiet these days though and under full load the temps are insanely low.
Speaking of power, make sure to get plenty.
On a personally sad note, I decided this weekend I don't even have the couple of hours twice a week to schedule my WoW raids. A few things up here and my schedule is going to be even more full and also a bit unpredictable. I'm going to log on tonight and step down as my guild's MT.