I've never built a PC before. I've been using what once was a killer laptop. Now that I've started playing KOTOR, I've realized after ~4 years, it's time for a new PC. I'm still going to keep my laptop for basic word processing/internet browsing, but I'm looking to get a solid PC that'll last me for at least 3-4 years. I've largely followed arstechica's guide, but I was wondering if you guys had any tips for me. I also known Radeon is coming out with some new videocards next week. Do you think they'll drop the prices on some of their current ones?
Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next week
Budget Range: $1000-1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet Browsing, Movies.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers for now. I'll probably get some new accessories in the next couple of months, so if you have any great recommendations, let me know!
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Amazon. Or, if you know of any others that are cheaper, I'd be more than willing to go there.
Parts Preferences: No preference. Whatever's best!
Overclocking: No idea what this is, so.. probably not?
SLI or Crossfire: No idea what this is, so.. probably not? maybe?
Monitor Resolution: 1680 x1500
Additional Comments: Quiet PC preferred. I've never built a PC before. I've been using what once was a killer laptop. Now that I've started playing KOTOR, I've realized after ~4 years, it's time for a new PC. I'm still going to keep my laptop for basic word processing/internet browsing, but I'm looking to get a solid PC that'll last me for at least 3-4 years. I've largely followed arstechica's guide, but I was wondering if you guys had any tips for me. I also known Radeon is coming out with some new videocards next week. Do you think they'll drop the prices on some of their current ones?
Additionally, I'm generally not a super hardcore gamer. I want to be able to play my games at the highest graphics quality with zero performance issues, but I'm not running dual monitors/overclocking/running video editing programs, etc. Please let me know if my wishlist is overkill. I'm most concerned with this PC lasting me 3+ years.
Here's my current wishlist on newegg:
TP-LINK TL-WN722N USB 2.0 High Gain Wireless Adapter $24.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99
LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM $18.99
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $124.99 2x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL $89.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 $219.99
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $84.99
PowerColor AX6950 2GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $259.99
ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $179.99
Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case $119.99
SLI/Crossfire - This is basically referring to running 2 graphics cards on a single motherboard. SLI is when you have 2 identical Nvidia cards (x2 GTX 560Ti's for example) and Crossfire is the same, but when you have 2 identical AMD cards (x2 ATI 6950's for example).
Over-clocking - Basically means to increase the processor clock higher than its default factory speeds. The i5-2500k comes stock clocked at 3.3GHz. The processor has ALOT of over-clock potential and most people are able to gain 4.5GHz+ with some after-market cooling options.
The build looks good however you need to make some decisions....see below:
RAM: You wont need 16GB RAM. Games don't even use more than about 2-3GB since they are designed for 32-bit windows. 8GB is PLENTY.
If you do plan to SLI/Crossfire, get the motherboard above, and get a 750w PSU (520w one you listed isn't enough for 2 cards).
If you do NOT plan to SLI/Crossfire, keep the 520w PSU you had listed, but you can afford to buy a much cheaper motherboard since you dont need to pay the extra for the higher bandwidth PCI lanes with SLI support.
Awesome! Thanks for the great tips. What about the case? $120 seemed a little pricey for a case. Are there some cheaper options, or is that pretty standard? Generally, for the future, what should I look for when buying a case?
Also, I probably won't overclock yet. However, I'm thinking about getting the 2500k and better motherboard so in a few years time, rather than buying a whole new PC, I can just get another GPU and overclock the 2500k to 4.0/4.2. Thoughts?
A good beginning case is the HAF 912. It comes with 3 120mm Fans. Most cases come with a bottom mount for the PSU due to hot air rising in a case or something like that. It also has good cable management and airflow, and is only $60. Good Case manufactuers imo are LIAN, Antec, Corsair, and Cooler Master.