Approximate Purchase Date: Mid July Budget Range: $800-$1100 System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming, Surf Internet, Watch Movies Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, Monitor Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or tigerdirect.com Country: United States Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel and Nvidia Overclocking: Not necessary SLI or Crossfire: Not necessary Monitor Resolution: Higher == better Additional Comments: I would much rather spend my money building my own PC than buying from Dell but I haven't been able to get the price under $1000 with Windows included. I've also haven't been paying much attention to PC parts recently since I've been moving too much to use a home PC for anything other than internet. I know there are probably better options than this, but I was going from what I had seen and right now I'm at $1219.90, I'd like to be closer to $1k even if possible. Also, I've never built my own PC before so if I'm missing something else, please let me know.
You've made good choices here. It's certainly possible to get the total cost lower, but I don't see anything obvious without some downgrades.
A first step might be to cut the BD-ROM drive; most gamers use a much cheaper DVD combo drive. If you're really watching blu-ray, then I guess you have no choice.
You could downgrade from a Z77+3570k+custom cooler to a single-PCIe slot Ivy Bridge board along with a 3550. That would save money on the aftermarket cooler, on the processor, and on the board. But it cuts your ability to SLI/crossfire later. So you have to think about your priorities. In terms of gaming, the 3570k will be only negligibly different from a 3550.
Speaking of gaming, since this is a gaming build, you may want to upgrade your video card. It's the single most important part for gaming--definitely more important than the CPU. The 7850 is a consensus choice around this price. If you really want an nvidia, there are some 570s available for about $250-260 post-rebate on newegg, which is only about $30 more than what you're spending on that 560 Ti. But it will make a difference. By the way, what resolution monitor are you running this on?
So, those are some thoughts to shave off a few bucks. Last thing you might consider is dropping the PSU down to a 650 W unit.
Thanks for the replies everyone. I think I've decided on a final build, but I just wanted to know how much of a tradeoff the 7850 vs 570 is for this system. Also, will I have any issues adding a regular HDD to this afterwards for more storage?
With Windows 7 this brings me to 1041 after mail-in rebates. Is there anything else I need to build and run with this system or is this complete? I've been looking through the home build manuals and saw that the Hyper 212 includes thermal paste, so I didn't get any for that.
You won't have any issues with adding HD later and the GTX 570 vs R7850 The 7850 is roughly 6% slower than the 570 stock vs. stock, but the 7850 has more overclocking headroom. The 7850 also has 2gb of V-RAM, vs 1.28gb on the 570 (important dependent on your resolution and what games you play)
I would recommend the 570 over the 7850 (unless you play vram heavy games). IF you are a bf3 fan then the GTX 570 is a no brainer both perform well. The 570 is faster the 7850 will use less power.
Go with what you like. Most likely some games will favor one, some the other.