Hey, I have really been looking into building a PC in somewhat of the near future and would like input on any suggestions or changes that I should make to my prospected build. I am fairly new to the PC building world so be easy on me. I wish to build a computer that can handle any game I wish to play now, most importantly BF4, and be able to easily upgrade to anything I would like to play within the next coming years. Thank you for the input!
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Late July or Early August
Budget Range: Roughly 800$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming only, and a bit of school work
I5 3570k 3.4gHz CPU
AsRock H77 Pro4/MVP mobo
G.Skillz Ripjaw 8GB (2x4) DDR3 1600 Ram
Kingston 120GB SSD
(Have HDD at home already)
Asus GeForce 660 TI 3gb
Rosewill Challenger U3 Case
Rosewill Green 630W 80 Plus Bronze PSU
(Have Drive also)
Overclocking: Not for now, would be interested in looking into it for the future.
SLI or Crossfire: Not for now, also would be interested in looking into or having the option to in the future.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p
Additional Comments: I don't really have a preference for the looks of the case as it will be out of sight most often. I am building this computer most specifically for BF4 in the future. I am new to PC building but am finally able to justify the funds necessary to make the switch from console. I do not know much about overclocking or SLI but would rather have the option to do so for future needs/games. Any recommendations or comments would be most appreciated as I still have a lot to learn.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Initial PC gaming.
If it's gaming you want and around the $900 budget then get a H77 + 3470. In games an overclocked 3570k will perform the same as a 3470. (only difference might be in 2 fps, can't notice when you're playing at 60fps)
I have the ASRock Z77 Pro 3. It is decent for the price. I bought it cuz it is a Z77 mobo (so I can overclock) not for SLI/Crossfire, although it can Crossfire. It's a good choice for systems that will use only one GPU. If you are considering 2 GPUs then I'd spend at least $130 on mobo. However, systems will run smoother and cooler with on GPU. I highly advise sticking to one GPU.
For gaming it is key to get a good GPU. And 660ti and 7950 are perfect for 1080p. I play BF3 on Ultra w/ 4xMSAA (1080p) at 60fps. I'm very happy with my 660ti.
Z77 Pro3 with a i5 3470 is great buy, non-k oc on Pro3 is great feature which enable slight oc on non-k cpu, another info that i5 3470 cheaper than i5 3450 is awesome. Aftermarket cooler(need in OC), merely need CM TX3(not more than $20), temp would about 50c+, won't break 60c, so very good. Nice buy!
source: youtube, someone benchmark it.