Hi, this is my first post to this forum. Im planning on building my first gaming computer soon (within the next month or so) and would like some feedback on the parts I have lined up. Ive spent the past few weeks learning about different components, amd vs intel, etc and I think ive come good build.
My main focus on the computer is gaming. Im building this computer around the new Battlefield 3 game coming out later this year. Im coming from playing games only on my ps3. Im an avid COD, BF, Killzone player on the ps3.
I orignially wanted to stay under $1000 for everything including monitor, mouse, and keyboard but that was difficult lol
Overclocking is not something I know much about but I am interested in it so im keeping that in mind for my build. Dual GPU's is not a necessity right now so im building it around a single GPU. I intend to add another card in the future as needed.
So here is the list...
CPU - Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3 1155 Motherboard - ASUS Sabertooth P67 GPU - MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB 256-bit PSU - Rosewill 850watt RAM - G Skill Ripjaws 4gb X 4 1600 (16GB total) (already ordered during a sale) CPU Cooler - Corsair CWCH50 Water Cooler Hard Drive - 500GB Sata 6 gb/sec 7,500rpm Optical Drive - Standard DVD-RW 24x Drive OS - Windows 7 Case - Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower + a few extra 120mm fans for cooling. Monitor - ASUS 23" LED 1080P Computer Monitor Mouse - Undecided Keyboard - Undecided
Any suggestions for saving money, better combo's, etc I appreciate you time and comments. Thanks.
Here are some suggestions:
1) CPU and motherboard are as good as it gets.
2) Gaming performance is mostly determined by the graphics card. GTX560ti is a good card. If you have any extra budget, spend it here.
3) Don't know about rosewill quality for a psu. I would stick with a known quality vendor such as Corsair, XFX, Seasonic, Antec, or PC P&C. A quality 650w psu will power up to a GTX580. How about the XFX650w unit for $60 after rebate? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is the 12v amps that is most important, not the wattage. The XFX 750w unit will have a similar amperage as the rosewill: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4) 8gb of ram is more than enough for gaming and multitasking. If you want, sell off two sticks.
5) Don't bother with water cooling. A simple air cooler like the cm hyper 212 will be just as good. Only if you are into competitive overclocking might liquid cooling be in order.
6) Hard drive is OK, but have you considered a SSD for your OS and apps? Expect to pay $2 per gb. Windows 7 will take 13gb without any space pruning. Use a cheaper 500gb drive for storage and backups. You will be pleased with how much quicker your system feels with a SSD. Look to Intel to be reliable performers.
Otherwise, look at a 1tb drive. They are denser, and the first parts will be somewhat faster than a 500gb drive. There is not much of a price premium.
Like the above poster stated the Intel® Core™ I5 2500K and the Asus P67 board are great. They are about as good as you are going to get. I would look at another power supply, really with this build look for something in the 600 to 750 watt power supply. If you are going to overclock I have heard a lot of good things about the 212+ if you aren’t going to overclock the processor the stock heatsink should work well.
WOW thanks for quick and informative reply's! Alot of good information here. Ok, so I will go with a better PSU and ditch the water cooler for a CM 212. I might sell the other 2 sticks of ram if I can find a buyer.