I'm looking to build my own computer for the first time, and I have somewhat lacking knowledge as far as what to look for in terms of quality of components... I've done a bit of reading around here, but it seems that most of the builds I've read up on are either a little too powerful for my needs, not quite up there, or AMD-based... for some reason, I'm very fond of Intel.
I guess my questions are veering more towards recommendations regarding bottlenecks, as well as what components would outpace others in the build.
I've decided on this processor (and build) based on the fact that I think i7 is a little extreme for what I'd want to use it for... I would like to be able to play games as new as Crysis (obviously not expecting benchmark-breaking results) and as far back as probably Doom 3... that's the last time I really did any PC gaming. Any suggestions regarding a different chip based on my needs would be appreciated!
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9550
This I'm still not decided on... I know little enough about motherboards, but this one seems to have both quality and brand loyalty of these forums.
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Again, based on common recommendation, g-skill seems to be a good brand. 2x2GB is definitely the way to go here, but as far as latencies and frequencies, I honestly don't know which would be too much, too little, or just right for the processor. Any recommendations? (non g-skill is fine, too)
I used to have some knowledge of the differences betwen nvidia and ATI, but not so much anymore. I could definitely use some recommendations here, as well. It does need to have DVI out for my monitor.
I already have a case and a hard drive. I do not have a power supply, and I suppose that would depend on the build I decide to go with.
Would someone be able to be of help?