System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming
Parts Not Required: peripherals, hard drive, RAM
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg/amazon
Parts Preferences: NA
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Hello everyone I am pretty new to this site but I've found the articles and such extremely informative on my endeavor of my 1st time build. I already have all the peripherals I need and I have purchased 2 parts already:
I am currently trying to decide whether or not to go all out and get an i7 3930k and GTX 680 or if I should just go with the i5 3570k or i7 3770k and Radeon 7870 when Ivy bridge releases. Currently, I am only going to be playing games at 1920x1080 so I am sure the general consensus is that 3930k and gtx 680 is complete overkill and that I probably don't even need a 7870. However I am going to be streaming my games as well and I know that is extremely CPU dependent so I was hoping you guys could shed some light on whether or not I need to make the step up from the i5 to the i7.
Here's the builds I am considering in addition to what I already have:
Like I said I've never built a computer before so this stuff is all new to me. I don't know anything about overclocking but I am more than open to the idea. I've had problems with cooling before so I want to make sure everything is properly cooled (mainly my GFX card). Let me know what you guys think! Thanks
Whoever says a single 680 at your resolution is over kill obviously doesn't game. Also no need for the hyper threading, and 16GB of RAM for gaming and vid streaming? And never get 4x4GB of RAM if you really want 16GB, always 2x8GB so you don't have four sticks of RAM side by side creating heat...also it leaves you room for expansion.
I've just read that the 7870 is more than capable of maxing all current games at 1920x1080 so I figured the gtx 680 was overkill. Unfortunately I got the RAM before I did much research (I got it for Christmas)
I mean both of those machines would be more than enough for your purposes. Get the first one, maybe a better motherboard and if you want to overclock you should invest in an aftermarket heatsink fan for your CPU. The Z77 just came out, I wouldn't get one until the first or second revision. That's just me personally though. With your budget I would be sure to spend a good amount on a PSU because that is the most important part of your PC imo. This would be a great option:
At more than 2" tall in certain areas the Corsair Vengeance could pose a problem for users like me who use large coolers such as the Scythe Mugen 2. I was able to use the Corsair Vengeance only after I mounted the fan on my cooler on the backside. Size is definitely a concern with heat spreaders of this size and therefore I encourage users to check that they will have enough space under their heatsinks before purchasing the Corsair Vengeance kit.
The problem I have with the Corsair Vengeance is the same I have with many kits of RAM on the market. Companies insist on putting large coolers on their RAM and it limits the choice in CPU heatsinks that can be used within users system. DDR3 does not require these elaborate coolers with its lower voltages which translate to lower temperatures then RAM saw during the DDR, and DDR2 era. Corsair is correcting this with low profile versions of its Vengeance line but ultimately I would like to see the average size of coolers drop instead of having to look for specific low profile versions of a memory line.
Case - Outdated and undersized .... no front USB 3 ports
MoBo - I'd never buy an non SLI / CF capable board as it provides the best boost to longevity via a easy and inexpensive upgrade. Two 900 Mhz 560 Ti's for $410 still toast that $500 680 at a far lower cost per frame. One 680 gives you an excellent upgrade path 18 - 24 months down the line..... with your current built, it's new PC time.
Optical drive.....not listed as something you have .... how ya gonna install windows ?