Budget Range: 1200 Before Rebates, I don't care for rebates and don't hassle with them
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Youtube
Are you buying a monitor: NO
Do you need to buy OS: NO
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg & Amazon
Location: Alabama, United States of America
Parts Preferences: Intel/NVIDIA
SLI or Crossfire: NO! I am not interested in microstuttering
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 27"
Additional Comments: I would like to overclock the PC. I need to be able to run DayZ, Total War games, World of Warcraft with zero lag
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: The PC I am on right now will be a gift for my family and is not very good, only a a8-5600k with 8 gigs that doesn't meet the demands I need for games I love.
Questions: I would like to see this computer last for at least 2 years and be able to run games on playable and enjoyable settings.
I am kind of twisted on getting an i5 or an i7, I know that i5 is better for gaming since games do not utilize hyperthreading technology of the i7 but I read somewhere that game makers will be forced to use more cores due to the next-gen consoles...
Also - I have 7.1 G930 Surround Sound headset. Will I need to get a dedicated soundcard to get the highest quality sound or will the motherboard suffice?
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($440.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
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Future games need more threads and since the budget allows better go for i7.
GTX 770 should be powerful for a couple of yrs, both on capacity(4GB) and performance.
I'd go with something similar to yours he doesn't need a i7. Also, if you'd like to get a larger air cooler you may want to consider moving towards a low profile kit. Furthermore, cases are subjective so you may want to take a look at cases and see what you like. I personally am really happy with my Fractal Design Define R4 so I'd say maybe take a look at that.