I have been out of the game in terms of what is *hot & new gen* for almost 6 years, as my current rig has lasted me since 2007. I plan for this build to be a gaming/live streaming/video editing rig, and would love to see it last me for another 6 years or more. The only thing I have some knowledge of is, the new the haswell chips that intel has recently dropped, and it sounds like everyone is saying its not a huge grand improvement over their last gen chips. Aside from the light reading on haswell, I'm not too sure in what pick and choose in terms of parts. Any feedback and/or help will be greatly appreciated.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next week or so of this writing - Mid July; end of July the latest (sooner is better).
Budget Range: $1,200 - $1,500 (If less than $1,500 - that'll be awesome)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: To be able to livestream feed off games for stream sites such as twitchtv/justintv and video editing.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Need everything
Do you need to buy OS: Yes - Windows 8
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Have bought from newegg before without any hassles, and they have a distribution center close to where I live. Amazon will work too.
Location: USA, Florida
Parts Preferences: preferably intel
SLI or Crossfire: Yes - If budget allows, if not single GPU is fine.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 for now, but would like to add two or more screens later down the road.
Additional Comments: I need a good CPU case preferably with a good side window to show off the goodies inside, as well as one with filters (I hate dust) & easy cable management. I would like to have a decent size SSD for OS startup, as well as put a couple games off from steam (Left for Dead 2, Counter Strike:Source, Team Fortress 2) and finally the MMO that I'm currently nerding out in: Guild Wars 2. A water or liquid cooler would be a huge plus. The games I'll be wanting to run in the near future will be Battlfield 4, ARMA III, Final Fantasy XIV, any game that will basically be cpu/gpu intensive.
Why Are You Upgrading: My first build was back in 2007, roughly around the same time Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare launched, which is mainly why I bought an actual gaming computer to begin with. Aside from a new CPU case, a couple fans and 3rd party heatsink, everything else is complete stock & 6 yrs. old worth of parts inside my current rig. No I don't want to just "upgrade" the parts inside, since I'll be giving this computer to my wife so that we can play side by side, and I can just upgrade the parts *when needed*.
here you have build to start with. Maybe you need more memory to steam and video eciting but that you can buy more later if you really need. I did put in really good PSU and so on because you did want a reliable build.
I would like to keep the i7-4770K, since I'll be heavily be using video editing / photoshop software. As for the SSD you picked out, I'm concerned over the size of it, since windows 8 is roughly 20G and I would like to put Guild Wars 2 on the SSD and that is roughly 15Gish give or take, probably add another +5G in the later future for content down the road. That will leave me with 88G to spare and split between my editing software as well as my steam games (+future games) I wanna throw on it. Now I could just add the games that I play the *most, but truth be told, I'll end up being lazy on micro-managing how much space I have left on the SSD itself. As for the tower case you picked out, for a couple bucks more, I could go for the NZXT Switch 810. This will allow me to put the H100i in a push/pull config + plenty of room to spare for future upgrades. I like your choice of PSU - aside from color. I would like a black coat finish as I want everything in my case to look uniformed and somewhat neat & matching.