(Here is a random picture I found on Google by searching for “computer”)
Well, this is the computer I configured:
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4 GHz; this is the highest Sandy Bridge out there, and the “K” in 2600K means it’s fully “unlocked” for overclocking and stuff. I don’t actually think I’ll take advantage of the “enthusiast” angle, but considering there was a bundle of the motherboard I wanted + this processor + Civilization V for only $10 more than the 2600 + motherboard, I figured, why not. It also has better integrated graphics than the 2600, although I think my motherboard can’t support it anyway.
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 PRO; my last two motherboards have been ASUS and I have not had any problems with them so far. Also, from the review site I posted yesterday, ASUS seems to have the best overall performance with the most options. I’m not looking for something specialized, so this suited my needs just fine.
Graphics processor: MSI N460GTX Hawk; there were two main reasons I chose MSI: first, my current 8600GTS is also MSI and has served me well; second, the other cards comparable in specs and price were EVGA. Of those cards, the one with the best reviews also had a ton of comments about a) extreme noise levels and b) overheating problems. I’m not sure if this is because it was the “Supercharged” line (comes overclocked) or what, but I felt like I’d be safer with stock performance.
Memory: Corsair XMS 4GB DDR3 1600 x2 (8GB); memory has never been a big deal to me. 2 4GB sticks seemed to be the best route to take out of the options available on NewEgg. I also need 2 because my motherboard is dual channel. There wasn’t an option for 2x 8GB, and I probably don’t need that much anyway. Corsair has always been the only manufacturer I actually knew. I got Geil back in college and G.SKILL after graduating, but actually found a good deal on this Corsair package, competitive price with those brands, so figured I’d give them a try.
Power supply: Corsair CMPSU-750TX; rated high on NewEgg, and it was recommended to me that 750W was good for powering the other parts I chose. Not much else to say.
Case: Rosewill Wind Knight Gaming ATX Mid Tower; found it cheap on NewEgg a couple months ago, looked good and solid. Been collecting dust in the corner for a while, time to give it some guts!
Harddrive: Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Green; same as above, saw it a few months ago, thought it looked cheap on Amazon. And then a few weeks later, the same thing was $25 cheaper on another site. That’ll teach me to plan ahead!