Here's the rough build of items that I've been looking at for a while. One thing that's possibly going to change is the video card. For now, the most recent game that I play is warcraft 3, and to be honest that video card is a significant overkill. Right now I'm running a 1 gb 9600 GSO which I'm pretty sure is more than sufficient for what I need. This comp is basically for SC2/Diablo 3 so my plan for right now is to simply upgrade when the time comes. Maybe I'm losing out on some performance for now, but for what I'm planning on playing I don't know if it'll make that big of a difference. The only modern game that I'm intrigued in is modern warfare 2 -- will I even need a new gpu for this?
The other question that might come up is why buy now, just wait till those games come out and build it then. My old desktop pretty much died (see other blog posts if interested) and I need to completely revamp, and this is with Christmas money / money I earned during the semester grading so I want to do it now.
As far as I can tell, based on what I've researched, the extra power from upgrading from an i5 to an i7 really won't make a noticeable difference (gaming and casual use) so I won't miss hyper threading.
The last question is for the PSU. I'm never intending to run crossfire on this board, just a single gpu, so I don't think I'm going to run into trouble with too much. The main reason I ask is because I already bought this psu as part of me trying to fix my old comp, and I'd prefer if I didn't have to buy a new one.
If I'm not planning on over clocking, can I get away with stock cooling? Should I still get a separate cooler?
Here's the build with prices from newegg / microcenter
MSI P55-CD53 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard $99
Core i5 750 Processor Boxed $150
OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $80.00
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW $50
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB $70
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W $55
SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit $165 -- just a placeholder, probably will not buy for now
DVD and DVD/rw drives salvaged from old computer
*slightly modified build*