Approximate Purchase Date: This week or the next (11/24 - 12/3ish)
Budget Range: $1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Graphics (adobe, 3d modeling apps), Audio (Production)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel, Asus, Antec (In general, looking for brands that are popular and well-reviewed)
SLI or Crossfire: maybe in several years
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Hi everyone, first post
I'm looking to build a medium-range PC for gaming, graphics and music production. I want to build a stable system that is easy to set up; it's important for me to get parts that are compatible and reliable. I might overclock later once I spend more time reading about it but for now I just want to get something that works and lets me play Starcraft 2. I'm going to Microcenter on black friday to try to get some deals and whatever I don't find there I'll order on Newegg the day after. I want the i5 760 because the i7 is out of my price range; I prefer Intel to AMD because I want more popular brands in general (more resources to troubleshoot, more confidence when I buy). Things I am unsure about:
Mobo: P7P55D or P7P55D-E? Is the USB3.0 in the "E" version worth the extra $40?
Ram: Should I get 2x2gb DDR2, or 3x2gb? I'd prefer not to spend too much now, and double my ram in a few months. What is the advantage of 3x2gb? I haven't built a pc in several years and it's strange to see that 6gb configurations are so popular now (i was always used to multiples of 2) Looking for a good recommendation in general.
GFX: Really haven't done much research and am buying mainly based on popularity and a friend's recommendation.
Case: I absolutely dont want any problems fitting a giant graphics card and cpu fan, but do I really need a full tower?
Wifi: just want something that works. have an Airport Express router.
DDR3, first of all... not sure if it is a typo, you think you should buy DDR3, or what... DDR3 is what works with the build....( My bad if this is out of line). 3, 6, 12, 24, are all "triple channel" your build is "dual channel" soo 2, 4, 8, 16.
For your questions -
Mobo - If you wont be overclocking very high, then the LX that I have linked is a good option...
RAM - Go with sets in multiples of 2 if going with Dual-Channel board, and for 3D work, more the RAM the better...
GFX - If going with a single graphic card, then go with a powerful one for that resolution..The GTX 470 for that price is a solid buy...
CASE - Not necessary to go with a full tower...the HAF 912 is a very good case that can fit long cards and tall CPU coolers...So spend the money saved on the performance parts... http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1406/1/ http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-HA...
just a heads up... you can get the i5 760 cheaper at newegg than microcenter until friday. Newegg has a i5 760 for $175. With microcenter, you get tax, which comes out to a total of about 180 - 185 depending on where you live.