Hi guys, I am planning on building a gaming pc for around $1200 before rebates in the next month or so. This is my first real build so I would greatly appreciate any advice you guys can give me. I am open to all suggestions, so please let me know if these components are acceptable/will work or if I am making a stupid mistake haha, I am new to this process.
These are the components I have chosen so far based on a decent amount of research, but again I am a noob at this.
Already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, optical drive, and I am gonna get Windows 7 with my student discount for $35.
So with that, ~$1190 before the various rebates.
So if someone could tell me if these components play well together, or if I am making a horrible mistake, or just any other advice? There is some wiggle room with the budget if someone knows a component vastly better than something I have here that isn't too much more expensive, or if someone knows that I can get one of these components for cheaper.
If strictly for gaming/typical use (internet, media, etc) I would not go for the i7, get the i5-2500k instead. They go for 220 right now on newegg, but if you live near a micro center I think they are 180
You can overclock the i5 just as well, and with the i7 you wouldnt be utilizing hyperthreading so it's not worth the extra cost
The hyper 212 has a big brother now, called the hyper 212 evo ($45), either will be great
Other than that this build looks solid. Its a pretty standard build right now for gamers (I have a very very similar build and love it)
Case choice is solid, I'm not sure how many you looked at but you can also check out the haf x and the nzxt phantom. Anyone will be a good choice. On another note- having a full tower isn't about needing the space for components, they also provide much better air flow for cooling because there is a lot more 'empty space' than a smaller mid tower
Good luck with your build! I hope it goes flawlessly
i would get the hyper evo 212 + and drop to an i5-2500k i would get a cheap gpu and wait till i had budget for 7970 because anytime soon 6900 series is gonna not gonna be the "new" thing so to be future proof i would get 7970
You can never be future proof. It doesn't matter as much if you have a mid-range card when talking about gpu's You can get a $300 card now and get a second one in 6 months for cheaper, and it will out perform a single $600 card. On the other side, you can get a $300 card and run it at about 80% of a $600 card... IMO the extra 10 fps (when you're already getting 60+ on ultra) isn't worth $300
Excellent, thanks for the replies! I will switch to the i5 then, and that will free up some money.
I'll look at the RAM as well, I haven't had much experience with that.
Another question, is the 700W PSU sufficient for all my needs, even if I choose to crossfire at some point? Also, out of general curiosity, is the haf x significantly better to justify the extra? It looks pretty great.