Over the last few weeks, I've been reading up on how to build a computer, and I think I have a grasp on how the parts work together, but probably not as much as I think I do. After my research, I've frankenstein'd what I think to be a somewhat decent gaming rig for me. I would like to see if all of the parts will play nice together, if you guys wouldn't mind taking a look, letting me know what you think. I am absolutely open to suggestions so I would love to hear what you think if a piece or six need tweaking. I'm not allowed to post links, so I can't link you to newegg, sorry but here's a list of what I'm thinking:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564 (already purchased)
Case: I really like the corsair obsidian 650d, but depending on how much money I feel like spending, I might just go with the CM haf
HDD: I won't get one until the prices come down, I'm just going to pull the hdd out of my current, pre-built, crappy computer and use it for a bit. But I was thinking about the: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
I will probably get an ssd sometime, but it probably won't be for several months. I haven't really looked for a specific one.
I've been trying to catch sales, and I've purchased a couple things already, so I have the ram and the cpu heatsink listed already. I am mostly concerned with the psu and the videocard, and to a lesser degree, the hdd. I have no idea how to compare videocards, and I'm not sure how much wattage I need, or what the difference between hdds are, so any help/suggestions in those departments would be great.
To give you an idea of what I would like to do with the new rig, I like the idea of playing skyrim on the pc, and I would really like to play gw2, with its amazing art style, on high with a smooth frame rate. Maybe swtor, and maybe bf3. Arkham city would be nice too. I would like it to last for a while, but I would like some good upgrading options too, if that's feasible.
I appreciate your time, thanks everyone.