After being in the land of half eaten fruits for the last decade or so, I've decided to finally return to the world of homebuilt setups and make a good gaming machine. I currently have an old macbook pro that has the gaming capabilities of a 3-legged goat on heavy barbiturates.
Computer will serve mostly 2 purposes: gaming and heavy photoshop use. I am both a web designer and an illustrator, and the latter usually requires some pretty darn big files. My current laptop soils itself whenever I try painting anything. When i tried running SC2 on it, I think I might have heard some weeping.
As far as gaming, my goal is to be able to not just play on the desktop but hopefully be able to run a 20' HDMI cable to my 55" lcd led tv (1920x1080) and be able to play a few games there. (BF3, Diablo3, SC, etc,etc).
I WILL do a bit of After Effects work, but I realize that whatever this build is it will still be like wielding a toothpick where a knife is needed, so I don't expect to change the setup too much. If I ever get more into that i'll save up for a machine with a vid card that's more suited to that.
ok now on to the build. It has been nearly a decade since I built my own machine, and have been waaaaaaay out of the loop. Would love for you guys to look through and tell me if something seems horribly wrong with it, or there's a higher than 50% of this machine exploding on me, severing my legs below my knees and leading me to die from massive blood loss. That would be undesirable, and likely frowned upon by my landlord.
Budget: I am trying to keep this under $1400, ideally under $1200 but not sure its possible with the parts I want.
Stuff not on the build which I had to remove as I am far too attached to my kidneys:
- An SSD. would love to upgrade to this down the line, but in the interest of keeping it in budget, skipping it for now.
- An additional HDD to Raid and have a bit of redundancy.
- A very hot asian woman to turn the computer on and off for me. Among other things. Fine I wont count this in the build.
Parts: (mostly choosing amazon as I have prime and can same on shipping on many of these)
CPU: i7 3770k $360-390 (they seem to be out of stock almost everywhere)