I'm new to the art of building PCs. I've got lots of information from people telling me to buy one brand and others telling me to try others. I've gone on newegg and picked out some parts people have recommended/or ones I preferred. I primarily want to build this to handle new PC games coming out, especially Guild Wars 2. I think I've got a good starting point:
•Intel Core i5 2500 Sandy - CPU
•EVGA nVidia GTX560 ti - Graphics/Video Card
•8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X RAM
•ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Mobo - M/B
•Cooler Master Hyper212 Heatsink
Now I'm not sure what case I should get because I don't how large it has to be for everything to fit, and I don't know whether to go with a case with a power supply already built in. As for the HDD, I was going to get a 500 GB drive, and if I had to upgrade in the future I always could. Question about the HD, does it matter what brand I go with? Are they all compatible with the parts I already have in mind? And what is SSD, and is it better than a HD?
Also I was planning on going with a Windows 7 OS, and I'm undecided on the sound card. Also I hear a lot of people talking about overclocking the CPU, but I'm not sure how to do it/what it is. Don't know if anyone could give me some insight on anything else I should get. My budget is somewhere around $1000, if I go over a little I think I can live with it.
Hoping anyone could provide me with some how to's/don't do before I start this project. Maybe someone could point me in the right direction of some steps of how to start the build or a list of compatible parts. I just want to make sure I have ducks in a row before I buy parts that I can't use or a case that everything won't fit in, or an incorrect power supply. Thanks for any help in advanced.
Combo Asrock z77 extreme4 with Crucial m4 SSD - 243.98 - excellent mobo with an excellent SSD. You install windows on the SSD and a couple of games. This makes boot times near instant and games load faster. Data and the rest of the games and apps go on the HDD. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
The 7850 will play almost any game on max. GW2 will play perfectly. If you play BF3, you will need to turn the settings down just slightly (just below ultra).
If you want to break your budget, the gpu could be upgraded to a 670 for another $150. The 670 is excellent "bang for buck" and would serve to future proof the build a bit, though it wouldn't be incredibly useful outside of bf3 currently.
You don't need a cpu cooler if you aren't overclocking. Overclocking is for people who like tweaking to get the most performance out of their hardware. It requires patience and time and gives a decent boost in performance but isn't incredibly noticeable and certainly isn't necessary. If you enjoy tweaking, change the cpu to a 2500k or 3570k and grab the hyper 212+, otherwise don't bother.
and everything elayman said is correct. Except that you don't need a silver rated PSU, bronze is perfectly fine.
And some info on Ivy VS Sandy (2xxx vs 3xxx).
Ivy gives about a 5-10% performance boot per clock depending on the test. So Ivy @ 4GHz = sandy @ 4.2-4.4GHz.
Ivy gets hotter faster when OCed and requires a more expensive cooler for the same overclocked speeds. But since it's faster per clock, this evens out to them being nearly the same when oced to the limit of the cooler.
So in conclusion: Ivy is better without ocing and Sandy is better with ocing since it's cheaper. There are plenty of exceptions, and I generalized a lot there but that's usually the case.
I'll also probably use the RAM, HDD, and the case slicedtoad recommended.
Originally I was planning on using my HDTV as my "monitor," but I might also purchase a reasonably priced 1920x1080 resolution one. And since I don't know how to overclock I probably won't and that's one of the reasons I decided on the 3570. I appreciate your guys' input, I'll probably purchase these parts before the end of the week, and hopefully I can start building by next week.
lol, the 670 and 7850 are not in the same league.
If you can afford the 670, go for it.
If you don't want to pay that much grab http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or just about any other 7850 on newegg. Differences in brand are fairly irrelevant and that HIS has a nice cooler.
Personally, I don't like using TVs as monitors but it really depends on the quality. Many don't display text very well and one that's too has too low of a pixel density unless you sit far away. But you could always try it and buy a monitor if you don't like it. A decent 21" 1920x1080 monitor costs around $150.
So I ended up calling that microcenter back, and they got the 3570 back in stock earlier this week. They had a deal for a motherboard and the 3570, so I reserved them and I'm going to pick them up after work today.
Intel i5 3570k Ivy Bridge CPU - $189.99
P8Z77-V PRO ATX Intel Motherboard - $169.99
Before I make a large purchase at newegg, I'll probably check the microcenter for any other good deals I can find. I'll most likely end up getting the case and the power supply here also. And maybe the RAM depending on the price. I know I won't be OCing, but do you think I'll need any extra cooling fans anyway?
I've decided to go with the HIS 7850 video card slicedtoad recommended, so I'll be ordering that tonight either from newegg or tigerdirect.
Now that I've got a complete parts list, I plan on recieving all of my parts and be able to start to build by Wednesday of next week. Before I start, any tips/tricks/comments you can give me that might be able to prepare me for any mistakes that I might make that are common.
I have noticed that there seems to be a lot of people on this forum that have trouble during/after their build. I just don't want to make the same mistakes they seem to be doing, I plan on triplechecking my work before I power this baby on because the last thing I need is to blow a $1000 on parts for a PC that I end up burning out. Well thanks again for your help, and I look forward to letting you guys know how I make out.
If you have any special needs for your PSU, let me know and I'll find one that fits them. But basically either of those Seasonics are better than the corsair GS600 and are modular which makes it easier to build.