Hello guys, I would just like some advice on a new gaming PC build . As per the standard format sticky...:
Approximate Purchase Date: 0-2 Months. I think my current PC is on its last legs, and frankly I'm excited about an upgrade, so would like to purchase it fairly soon.
Budget Range: $800-1300 before MIR. MIR's are nice and all, but kind of tedious sometimes (in my opinion).
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > Entertainment (movies, Youtube, etc.) > Work (basic Word, Excel)
Are you buying a monitor: Maybe... I have a 1600x900 one right now, but I feel like an upgrade to 1080p would be worthwhile, and having a lower response time would be great too.
Parts to Purchase: CPU, RAM, HDD, Case, GPU, PSU, Motherboard. SSD if there is spare $, but I sincerely doubt that'll happen
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, I'm thinking about W7 just due to all the negativity around W8 but I could be persuaded to choose W8.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon and Newegg please and thanks
Location: Michigan, USA
Parts Preferences: I'd prefer Intel just because they (processors) seem to perform better, but AMD is fine if it makes more sense. All others do not matter too much, just nothing too "sketchy". I don't care about color-coding the PC either, as I'm not looking to buy a windowed case. I would also like an Nvidia card, they just seem to perform better for the price range I'm looking at (GTX 770ish) and I have an MSI GTX 560Ti right now and love it.
Overclocking: Yes, I'm aiming for a 4.5GHz on a chip like the i5-4670k or FX 8350 (probably higher if I opt for this guy as its stock clock is already 4.0GHz). I'd prefer an air cooler just because water cooling seems a bit daunting to me right now.
SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment, although if I need a graphics upgrade without replacing the motherboard in a few years I may consider picking up another card to SLI.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x900 currently. Looking to buy a 1080p+ one however.
Additional Comments: Would like to use this for BF4, Minecraft, Sleeping Dogs, etc.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current PC is showing its age (pre-built machine purchased from Dell in 2008 ;*( ). Lags quite a bit just playing Minecraft with default texture pack, Fancy and Far; it also cannot play BF4 well at all. BSOD's quite often, sometimes 2-3 times a day (most often once every day though). Generally just old and I'm looking for a machine to run newer games in the coming years.
Wow nice! Couple questions though.
Do you think the 16GB RAM is necessary? Or I would I be better off getting 8GB and investing the extra $80 on the PSU?
Also I found a pretty nice looking GTX 770 on Amazon for only $327 (http://www.amazon.com/PNY-GeForce-DisplayPort-PCI-Expre...). Only issue I see is that it is a PNY card and they aren't generally popular (either from lack of quality or something else...?). Would I be fine opting for it, or safer off just choosing the EVGA.
I looked at the Mobo you linked, but got scared of how many reviews mentioned audio issues or DOA's. I see TH approved it which is reassuring, so do you think that the people who had a positive experience just weren't as inclined to post a review?