First I'd like to say thank you to all the contributing members of this forum. It's because of this forum that I feel confident in purchasing and assembling my very first pc on my own!
Approximate Purchase Date: Anytime (some of the offers end in a couple days but those can always be changed) Budget Range: sub $1000 System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (starcraft 2 mostly), photo editing, general usage Parts Not Required: Need everything Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, I also have a microcenter about 45 min away Country: USA Parts Preferences: Would like to use Intel (no particular reason), hoping to buy a 24" monitor later as well Overclocking: No for the time being, but may learn how in the future SLI or Crossfire: No for the time being, but may learn how in the future Monitor Resolution: Something a 24" monitor would have Additional Comments: Definitely want a quiet pc that doesn't put out tons of heat or absorb tons of power. And this is my very first time building a pc.
I'm completely open to suggestions, I also want to confirm if all these components would work together well. I don't necessarily need the SSD, just figured if I'm building a brand new comp then might as well include it now. I also don't need a full 1TB of hdd space, but since it's on sale then might as well grab it. Basically anything I build will be multiple times better than the 6 yr old core 2 duo laptop
Also since this is my very first time every building a pc, is there anything else I should get (like the wrist strap grounding cable, misc wires/cables or the cpu paste). I also need to get a keyboard but I have a mouse!
Thanks Avieor! I researched a ton before writing this
I do have a second question though, if I wanted to make this an $800 build, would it be ok to get rid of the SSD and change the the gpu to a 550ti? Or would it be a significant decrease in performance changing from the 560ti → 550ti?
Oh and I noticed many others actually have a 750w PSU instead of the 700w that I posted. Should I try to find a 750 instead?
If you intend on going with an $800 build, I'd cut the SSD and bring the capacity on the HDD down before stepping down to a 550ti. The 560 has about twice the CUDA cores, which is quite a lot to lose. Most people (myself included) don't end up using all that much space. I've had a 1.2TB raid setup for a couple of years now, and I've never gone above 250GB. Obviously, though, it really depends on what you intend on doing with it. Another place you could cut back would be the PSU. While I'd imagine you're sticking with a 700 Watt for future expandability, even if you get a second 560 down the road, you still won't approach that wattage.
Assuming a rather highly overclocked and overvolted Core i5 2500K @ 130W and 2 GTX 560s @ 150W apiece and a combined (exaggerated) system consumption of about 100W, you'll still be under 600W usage.