Is now a good time to build a PC? Is a 6 core i7 a good choice? Who can answer these questions. Whoever does is a true hero!
I am debating between a 560 ti and a 670 ti and I'm wondering if it would be unwise to get the 560 because then my graphics card would be a bottleneck? I have never built a computer before but I have upgraded. My idea of a bottleneck is that the processor would be overpowered compared to the graphics card and it would therefor be a waist of money to buy a top of the line processor. Is this valid? What is the most economical system to build?
I want a system that will last me as long as possible for the $dollars$. So the most bang for my $buck$.
**Oh this will be used for the most demanding of games! I want to be able to play on medium to high settings games that are currently out and games that will come out in the future.
6 core CPU is way overkill for anything but extreme multitasking(like playing 1080p+ game while recording and transcoding your gameplay in the same resolution while also streaming it) and computing.
, all with the same GPU
Note how the $1000 6 core flagship 3960X CPU is only marginally better than a $230 3570K
For simple gaming a quad core like 3570K is good enough and you save over $300(compared to 3930K) on CPu and $100 on motherboard= a Nvidia GTX 670 GPU which I recommend(get a good factory OC version like Gigabyte OC or MSI PE).
okay thanks guys I really needed help knowing where to put the money. I see in benchmarks that the 670 gets almost twice as many frames per second as the 560.
What you need to last "as long as possible" as a gamer:
2X Factory OCed GTX 670( either Gigabyte OC or MSI PE, Gigabyte cools a bit better/runs quieter with tri-fan, MSI comes with with a higher boost clock)
1X i5-3570K, the Best Gaming CPU for the money, unless you need a lot of multitasking during gaming you don't need 3770K or 6Core CPUs.
1X a Good Z77 Motherboard(look in the $150-$200 range, most company's mainstream board is in this range and they all support SLI)
ASUS P8Z77-V or V-Pro
Gigabyte Z77 UD-3H/UP-4H/UD-5H
ASRock Extreme 6 is pretty good, although I wouldn't recommend it because it don't support many PWN fans(1 chasis 4 pin header).
A good CPU Cooler, I recommend Cooler Master Hyper 212 if you are only OCing mildly(4.2Ghz) and PH-TC14PE/NH-D14 if you are OCing to 4.6-4.7Ghz.
2x4G of DDR3-1600 or better low profile Ram, Corsair/G.Skill/Samsung, 8G is all you need as a gamer, 16G is for Ram disk/Virtu Machine/heavy Photoshop work
A Good Mid Tower case that offers good airflow and quiet operation, Phantom 410/Corsair 400R/Antec 1100 are all good choices, there are other good options too
A Good 750W modular PSU , you want 80 Plus Bronze/Gold rating on it, either Corsair or Seasonic would be fine.
A Good SSD that is reliable, these are expensive/Gb but drastically reduce your game load time and windows load time by as many as 20seconds per load, if you load a lot in game you might save 1-2Days a year. I recommend a 128/256GB Samsung 830.
The cheapest DVD burner you can find
A Monitor you would want to game on, I recommend a 120Hz monitor from ASUS/BenQ/Samsung.
In my experience when I built mine over the summer,
Think about asthetics. Sounds stupid, but I bought 1.3V 30mm Samsung RAM (much cooler and stable than corsair, kingston RAM etc.) but it doesn't quite look as good as having a nice heatsink
Hyper 212 EVO, thing works great, very good cooler,but just like any other cpu fan, looks ugly in the case vs h100. I highly recommend getting an h100 if you decide to buy anything more than a Hyper 212 EVO.
PSU, get a TX850w for 135 (115 i think after MIR) the modular one ive heard people had more issues, strangely their the same price.. altough its not fully modular.. so idk
If you want, buy individually sleeved extenders or upgrade to a AX850 and get a modular GOLD with individually sleeved cables. Honestly this is preference, just putting it out there. Look at these photos.
Get a Corsair 600D if you want it to look nice. Otherwise ignore everything above. Trust me you will regret not making it look nice, but its your choice. Don't let me scare you.