I am looking to buy/build a good, long-lifed gaming computer. However, I have NO clue what I am doing here. I have some friends who know about this stuff, and at the end of the day they will order with me... But friends are opinionated, so I want to get a few other opinions and see what all there is. To make it easy for you I will list a few requirements and preferences.
1. Lots of memory
2. Not as picky about stellar graphics (more about game-play for me)
3. I record and upload to YouTube
a. I heard about dual hard-drives being good for that?
4. I would want to do online gaming
5. I could spend 1000, but the cheaper the better. Friends say 500-700.
6. I want parts that will last me years.
7. For the Monitor I figured I could just use like an old one to save money, but I am not particularly picky as long as it is HD and large. I literally thought you could just pick any monitor
8. I will probably do Windows 8.1 from what I have read
9. Peripherals aren't really my top priority at the moment. I have nice headphones so great speakers aren't a necessity. I have a mouse. And a keyboard can't be too individually different... Can it?
10. Primary games (just what I plan so far, when I Purchase I will start actually watching PC Games)
b. Sims 4
c. Elder Scrolls games
d. Real-Time Strategies (Age of Mythology, Anno, etc)
e. Steam Games
Also, while we are at it can you tell me two things: What the heck is "overclocking?" And is there a whole lot of importance as to what case you get? To me it seem like the bigger, more airy the better.
This is a build I have arranged, maybe comment on it:
Here are some things I am currently looking at, tell me what you think. I have never used this PCPartPicker so sorry if I did it wrong:
Overclocking is for cpus that bottleneck their GPU's
For the case , it all depends on how you do your cable management , you can have a small atx mid tower case and have good management with better airflow than an atx full tower case that is very big but has very bad cable management
So is a high powered CPU not necessary? I thought that would be the last thing you cut on?
These two builds are good but you need to put the money where it counts...CPU and GPU. $105 for a budget build case is totally unnecessary, in my opinion. The 4570 will give you better performance and the GTX 770 outperforms the 270X by a lot.
It's not really necessary as long as you're not buying a 780 ti / 290x / titan z / titan black ... to 780/290
I've put in a z87 mobo in there for upgradeability
though if you wan't an i5 i'll be really hard to fit that in there and keep the other components decent at the same time