A close friend is on the market for a gaming pc capable of Diablo3, Battlefield, and the new source titles. I offered to build the computer for him and also donate some parts. I wanted to keep it around $800 although my research has brought me to around $1000.
I5 2500k ($220)
ASUS P8Z77-V LK Intel Z77 ($150)
XFX Double D Radeon HD 6850 ($160)
Corsair GS700 700W ($110)
8gb gskill ripjaw X ($47)
SAMSUNG 830 Series SSD ($99)
WD 7200rpm 500gb ($99)
Generic optical drive ($17)
Antec 900 ($99)
My last build was a first-gen i7 and ive been out of the loop for quite awhile. I need some advice on the build, especially with the mobo and PSU. Should I dumb them down? Also - would you recommend anything besides what I have picked?
if the build is on newegg, you technically can combo the cpu and a z68 mobo. If you have a local nearby micro center, you can get the cpu and mobo for a lot less. Also, paying 100$ for a 500 gb hdd imo is kinda excessive, as the ED caviar blue is like 75, and the 1tb samsung spinpoint f3(post seagate rebrand acquire) is at the moment 80$ on newegg. Also I would step away from the XFX radeon hd 68xx series, those have been known to be pretty loud.
Wow, thanks - thats just what I was looking for. Also, if I went with the ASRock, would there be any reason to get a better soundcard?
Also, sandy vs ivy birdge? Is it worth the price difference?
Onboard HD sound is very good. Try it first, you can always add a sound card later.
There is little reason to change from sandy bridge to ivy bridge for an existing installation.
But, for a new installation, I would try to go with ivy bridge and a z77 based motherboard.
There is a price difference, but it is commensurate with the better performance. ivy starts with a higher multiplier, and is about 5% faster, clock for clock. At less than maximum overclocking, it runs cooler.