I haven't bought a computer in years and the time has come to change my old one. However, even if I read some reviews online, looked at some benchmark, I still have some doubts considering its somewhat of an expensive purchase. I have listed the components I chose furtherdown, and I would appreciate if you could give me some toughts on it. My budget is around 1 to 1.5k but if I can spend less for the same results... Also, I plan on using it to play games.
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge
850W ATX THERMALTAKE TR2
Case ATX NZXT PHANTOM 410
G.SKILL RIPJAWS X 1600MHZ DDR3
S1155 MSI Z77A-GD65
2.5 SATA3 128 Go CRUCIAL SSD M4
BD-ROM BLU-RAY ASUS BC-12B1ST SATA
Graphic card : unsure if I should go with GTX670 or 7950 or 7970 (price/performance...is it even worth it...)
Also, I do not plan to overclock it or to use dual gpus in the near future.
Let me know if there's something I'm missing, or any suggestions would be nice.
Are all those even compatible with each other?
Thank you in advance for your help/time,
I really appreciate it.
If it is just for gaming, change the CPU to an i5-3570k. 8 threads are nowhere near being utilized in any games right now, nor will be for many years. Get a better quality PSU, the PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK 750W is $100 and enough for CFing/SLI-ing those cards. If you do not plan to CF, get the XFX 550W for $75.
Go with the GTX 670 as it is a balance of power consumption, price, and performance.
For gaming, the real engine of performance is the graphics card, not the cpu.
See if you can justify $400 for a GTX670; it is stronger than the two amd cards you mentioned.
Few games use more than 2 or 3 cores. That makes the extra hyperthreads of the 3770K largely useless.
A $100 cheaper 3550 would serve you just as well.
Also, the "K" lets you overclock. If you will ignore overclocking, the non "K" chips are cheaper.
That said, I would preserve the option and buy the 3570K.
You will only need a quality 600w psu.
I would stick to known good quality brands.
Seasonic, XFX, Corsair, Pc P&C, or antec.