Building my first desktop computer after using only a laptop for the past few years, so I am a bit behind on the technology but after doing some research I put together this list. Let me Know what you think!
So that's what I have so far. The total right now is $1215 which I can work with but if there are any solid upgrades or downgrades to save money I'm all ears. I still need to add a HDD probably around 1-2 TB if anyone has any suggestions and also how important is cooling for this system? I probably won't OC much because I am not too familiar with it but I am willing to learn if its pretty essential. Still looking at a monitor too but What do you guys think?
If you are paying that much for an all round system, surely you would be much, much better off waiting to get your hands on a GTX670 or even a GTX660 (once launched) should be fine for your system.
You have managed long enough without it running for now, it's not rushing it now and wasting money on the wrong GPU.
Just my opinion though and the GTX570 is still a great card.
I would definitely upgrade that 570 to a GTX 670--just bought one myself and it can play pretty much any game out there at high settings at 45-60 FPS.
Cooling wise, it's a bit tricky for ivy bridge. i'm going to be upgrading to a 3570k myself sometime soon. the problem is that they get VERY hot once overclocked past a certain point-- i plan on only overclocking to 4.1, 41.2 ghz or around there. There are plenty of good coolers for that-- i currently have a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO, cools my very hot AMD chip great and will work well with an ivy bridge CPU. In fact, even if you don't overclock, an aftermarket cooler like the EVO will keep your CPU cooler which means it will last longer anyway.
Thanks for the input. I will go with the cooler then and probably just wait for the gtx 660 I'm hoping maybe a July release though hopefully not too much price wise and I could survive a month using the integrated graphics from the ivy bridge hopefully, from what I've heard it's not too bad.
surprising, no one pointed this out. 16 gbs of ram is way overkill you only need 8 because most games only use max 4 there may be a few out there that use more but 16 is just way over kill unless your hardcore video editing .anything over 1600 mhz isnt going to make a difference in real life scenarios just as a tip.
Sorry here's the form
Approximate Purchase Date: next week or two
Budget Range: 1000-1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, programing, movies
Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or frys.com
Parts Preferences: nvidia, intel
SLI or Crossfire:Maybe
Monitor Resolution: either 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
Additional Comments: thanks for the help so far I'm probably going to go with that HDD you linked Rob. I'm pretty set on the 3570k and sabertooth z77 mobo they'll keep me going for awhile I feel the main thing now is the video card though I see about downsizing the ram to 8 it would save some money also.
You don't get the point. We all know 3570k is slightly faster than 2500k. All I'm saying is 2500k+GTX670 = superior FPS than 3570k+570. That's just a fact. Now if you can get a 3570k + mobo for as less as 2500k + mobo is another debate. On a limited budget, I would personally put the difference money between 2500k/3570k on a GPU, if price difference there is. If for some reason you can find both for the same price, then obviously 3570k is a better pick unless you wish to overclock like crazy.