Hey everyone! I am new to the Tom's Hardware site, but a good buddy of mine told me to post my saved build on here so I can get the help I need!
Is anything on the list overkill?
Am spending way too much?
Any components bugging you? (performance, price, personal preference)
Constructive criticism is much appreciated! Thanks everyone.
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001
SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW
Heat Sink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes (RR-B10-212P-G1)
Comp. Case: CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with Carrying Hands, White
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M - 1000W 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply with Modular Cables (RSA00-AMBAJ3-US)
Monitor: ASUS VS239H-P 23-Inch Full-HD LED IPS Monitor
Optical Drive: Samsung 8x Slim DVD+/-RW Slim USB External Drive, Black SE-208DB/TSBS
Last-Minute Notes: - Keyboard and mouse are nothing special
- Software not included in the list. Plan on dealing with that later
- Purpose of build: Heavy workload on school and gaming.
- I would prefer to stick to Amazon. But if you have suggestions for other sites, then feel free to post them!
- Drop the i7 to an i5, you dont need hyperthreading for gaming. If you want to overclock you will want a K-edition chip. If you dont want to overclock, I suggest changing the mobo to a H87 board unless you want to Crossfire/SLI.
- Halve the RAM to 8GB, again you dont need 16GB for gaming. Go for a 1600Mhz, CL9 1.5v kit, G.Skill Sniper is what I recommend.
- You dont need such a beefy PSU. something like a 550W would be fine if you dont intend to add more than one GPU, 750W if you do.
- Dont bother with an 840 Pro, the 840 EVO is more suited for your usage and cheaper.
-Use the cash saved to upgrade your GPU to something like a 780 or 290X.
-Maybe upgrade the case as well unless you are picking that one for a specific reason (maybe you LAN frequently or something).
-The cooler could do with a bit of an upgrade. If the rig is going to be fairly stationary, just get a 212 EVO, has a better baseplate than the 212+. If you do LAN a lot and the rig is going to be travelling a fair bit, might want to get something like a H100i to avoid damage to the mobo that a heavy air cooler could incur.