Hey guys, I'm a console gamer (PS3) but I've recently been interested in PC. However, I'm not too sure whether or not I should build one for $650 ($750 MAX, but ONLY IF I ABSOLUTELY NEED TO) or wait and buy a PlayStation 4. The PS4 is speculated to cost less than the PS3 at launch (around $450-$500). I'm not too familiar with PC gaming so I was wondering how long does the hardware keep up with the games? I'm in grade 10 so I don't have a lot of money to keep upgrading hardware. Would I need to upgrade every 5 years or so? And if I would need to upgrade my hardware, do sockets on the motherboards and such change often; would I need to start from scratch again?
Is right now a bad time to buy PC parts; are new CPUs/technologies coming out soon?
I would want my PC to be close to the PS4 or at least better than the PS3 in terms of graphics/gaming. It would also be great if it could be able to emulate Metal Gear Solid 3 on PS2 (pcsx2) since my PS2 stopped working recently.
Anyways, if I would decide to go with a PC, here's what I have in mind:
Case: Apevia X-Dreamer 4
Motherboard: ASUS P8B75-M/CSM 1155
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz 6MB Cache Quad-Core
GPU/Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 Core Ed. 1000MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 600W Cable Management ATX12V V2.3 24PIN
RAM: Ballistix 4GB DDR3 1600MHz (2x or 4x; I don't think 4 is necessary, maybe in the future I can upgrade. Also, will 2 work even though there's 4 slots on the mobo?)
HDD: I'm going to be keeping my old 500 GB one.
Is the i5 3570K overkill? Would a i3 suffice, or would it bottleneck the 7870?
Do I need a better heatsink than the stock one in the processor box?
Would it be better to crossfire to weaker GPUs?
as for upgrading....i find i need a new graphics card every 2 to 3 years if i want to play the games at the best settings. right now nvidia for example releases a new gpu architecture every 2 years. i also find CPU's/motherboards to be good for 3 to 4 years before i need to upgrade to play.
Console gaming may very different with pc gaming, some game may available in one may not avail for another.....
but pc game will had it's own merit.... ( It will be best to had both )
PC Hardware are not need to be upgrade every years, 5-6 year is a normal time IMO.
Old PC will still able to play new games at lower detail/resolution, and new game that will drain the hardware power is only few in number each year..
for tips : If u are not overclocking get non -K processor it will save some money...
Agreed, this build will do well and yes if you are not overclocking you can save a few $ and get a non K cpu. i5 3570 will do very well. As for the ram, not al slots need to be filled. So 2x is good its run in "Dual Channel". 16gb is at this point unnecessary so starting off with 8gb will be enough for gaming. Another note on the cpu, an after market heatsink will only be necessary if you are a overclocking (K models) You can always add more ram in the future and replace the graphics card or add another to run in CrossfireX, you can also add an SSD. But other than that you have selected solid parts for the job EXCEPT for the PSU, you need to find one that is atleast 80 PLUS Bronze or better. This Corsair Builder seies CX600 will be much better http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Best of luck if you go through with PC gaming.