A friend of mine asked for help with picking out parts for his new machine. I'll be pluggin' the legos together for him, so tutorials aren't necessary for that - but I am not up-to-date on the latest hardware other than cards. A complete parts list for a suggested build would be much appreciated.
Approximate Purchase Date: 24 July 2013
Budget Range: 800 after rebates. Sales tax rate here is 6% (If that is applicable). This is a user that doesn't mess around with rebates - they'll be filed for the moment the parts arrive. That said, we'd rather not overspend on parts from manufacturers that have a spotty rebate fulfillment record.
System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, recording and livestreaming, surfing the web. Some RAM intensive games like Minecraft, but mostly MMOs, League of Legends and shooters. It would be nice to see this computer to survive well into 2015 or 2016 and still maintain "High," "Very High," or "Ultra" settings on most titles. With this in mind, having a rig with upgrading potential would be good.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: This is a brand new machine. I do have a 500W Corsair PSU sitting in a box that can be used, but I am unsure it will be able to support a demanding new rig.
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon (Amazon Prime would be ideal).
Location: Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, USA
Parts Preferences: Intel and NVidia fanboy, all the way. A first class PSU manufacturer is a MUST. Fan of EVGA, but this isn't a necessity.
SLI or Crossfire: This isn't happening in the initial build. Don't mind having the possibility for future upgrades, though.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 - he's looking to do a multi monitor setup in the future.
Additional Comments: I'm on Skype with this friend constantly while gaming. His current setup is LOUD. Ear relief would be pleasant, but not at the expense of anything else. This machine will need a wireless network card at least initially - the router is on the other side of a small home.
His current gaming machine is an old HP laptop. It's performed an admirable job for the last half a decade, but it can't keep up with new releases anymore. It struggles even with games like League of Legends at higher settings.
You guys are the best of the best at these requests. Thank you for your time in helping us out!
I don't know what first class Psu means. Brand? or Series? But the reason the build price was over 800 was the added psu. Your current psu however, will power this just fine, but Sli will not be an option with it.