Long story short - posted here a year ago then decided to pull the trigger on xbox 360 instead. Now with next gen consoles coming out want to build a gaming rig and move away from console gaming into PC gaming.
Would like to build a rig that will run graphics intensive games - BF3, Far cry 3, Crysis 3 maybe some mmo like Tera or WoW. Want the system to also be capable of running next generation games as well BF4 etc at high or ultra settings if possible in my budget.
Approximate Purchase Date: in next two weeks
Budget Range: $1000 - 1200 after rebates - also need keyboard and mouse
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming with light internet browsing, maybe an occasional video
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I live near Microcenter so parts from there are great, though for online or better prices New Egg, Amazon, or any others
Location: Boulder, CO
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU please
Overclocking: Yes - though i don't have a clue about it and will need ot learn more
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - not sure open to this
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Quiet if possible, though not that important
Why Are You Upgrading: Transitioning from console gaming to PC gaming
My attempt at building it here - would love cheaper and/or better options for running games at highest settings possible in my budget. Also wanting to have approval for compatibility etc:
To be honest it really looks like you have everything figured out. I'd love to have that setup personally to be honest with but until money is more fluid with me I will remain with my mid budget PC.
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Thanks Spartan. Is this build overclockable? Sorry total newb to overclocking, but I want to have that option if possible.
I should be, do some research on the i5 you selected, if it's unlocked then you can overclock til it explodes literally and the card in overclockable no matter what. Personally I don't recommend overclocking, I see it as an unnecessary risk
If the UD3H from gigabyte is on sale at microcenter, get that instead. For Z87 chipset, you want more features on the board(software too) and Gigabyte and ASUS have the best so far i have seen
OC makes components die faster but run faster(dies from the heat) which is why you need a good cooler and know how to overclock correctly(many guides out there that are easy to read and just a key point "DO NOT LEAVE SETTINGS ON AUTO" at least for a few things because if you leave it on auto it can overvolt things which makes it hotter.
GPU switched to a Sapphire. for AMD you really want to stick with Sapphire, and HIS. XFX was a really good one but there products this time are not that great(cooling is terrible and coil whine was a bit bad)
Switched case to something with more quality and features while being cheaper. It is very similar but has more filters for less dust to get inside and great air flow.
750W PSU from Seasonic is fairly cheap right now and lets you add in a 2nd GPU in the future if needed(might want to keep both GPUs at stock due to power consumption fairly high)
Ok, based on feedback I switched up the graphics card to sapphire 7970. Also went with a 750w psu, Corsair - as the one you suggested had spiked in price. I went back to the Corsair 200r case as the Fractal case you (Boulbox) suggested is unfortunately $109 at my local Microcenter.
How does this build look? If anyone has suggestions for tweaks, lower prices or any other feedback, please let me know.
Looks all good to me, i myself would switch out the CX PSU(CX should only be used if you are going to do 400-600W, not recommended to SLI/CFX with it as it is not that great of a PSU which is why it is the lowest end of Corsair products)
Fans do not spin up unless a certain temp is reached giving you the utmost silence
Fully modular meaning you can take out the PSU just by unplugging the plugs connecting to the PSU(no need to fiddle with the stuff attached to motherboard and such)
Gold rated for cleaner power
and is a Seasonic OEM which is a top grade OEM for PSUs