Hello, I've finally put together all the parts for my first gaming pc (virtually, I still need a good bit of money).
My questions for you are the following: 1.What is your overall opinion of my build? 2.Are all these parts compatible and do they fit together (ex oes the ram fit with the cpu cooler, does the cpu cooler fit the case etc). 3. How reputable are the vendors that pcpartpicker chose? I understand they are the lowest prices, but I would like to know if any of them have bad return policies or other negatives.
Get an i5 not an i7. They perform identical in games. The i7 is a waste of money.
You should go with Haswell simply because it is a newer non-dead socket.
You don't need a full tower. It will just be noisy and huge. A regular mid-tower will be perfect. The Phantom 410 is awesome.
The PSU is overkill. The 650w verion would be more than enough.
USe all the saved money to get a better GPU possibly.
Don't believe everything you read, haha. The 4670k gets the job done for me. No extra transistors for graphics, (Theyre mute in a rig with a decent graphics card) and four, beefy physical cores. Other than that, you picked a solid cooler, case, drives, RAM, etc... but I wouldnt go with a 770 either. Probably one of the new 290s from AMD. And windows 8 is a nightmare for gaming, imo.
As this post on another thread points out "sure there's a new socket, but you're not looking to upgrade within a year or two right? so "future proof" goes out the window because 3 or 4 years down the road, Intel will definitely have a new socket again. so regardless of whether you buy Haswell or Ivy bridge, that CPU and Mobo are going out the window when you upgrade down the road. Also, even if the socket stays the same, it doesn't mean you'll get all the new features of a new chipset. for instance when Sandy upgraded to Ivy on socket 1155, you only got PCIe 3.0 support if you also bought an Ivy bridge CPU. so yeah, don't worry about the sockets."
I don't want to upgrade my mobo in a year, so I think the cheaper Ivy-bridge would be better. Feel free to point out anything wrong with that.
Besides the Haswell mobo/cpu, is the gpu the only other problem you guys picked out? I kinda piecemealed this virtual build over 5 months, so I chose my gpu before the whole price lowering fiasco. Anyway, help is appreciated, thank you.
Well, after looking at the dropped prices cards a little, I think I'll go with nvidia, I don't really want to deal with the heat issues on the r9 290/290x (unless there is a better cooled version out there).