My gaming computer of over 5 years is on the fritz (failing processor) and I believe it's time to upgrade. I've never built my own computer before, but have helped a friend build one. I would like to try to put together my own gaming computer, both for the cost savings and the personal fulfillment of building my own computer. With that said, I'll be the first to acknolwedge that I'm winging it on my selection of hardware. That's where you come in!
Please give me your feedback, comments and suggestions on the following build:
I am using the hard drive from my prior computer as I purchased it last year and it has Windows 7 64 bit installed on it. I will be installing everything as is and don't plan on tweaking things too much. My concerns are whether I need an upgraded cpu fan, bigger tower or whether I'm missing any additional parts/components. I plan on possibly adding another video card down the road and a second monitor (I already have all of the accessories: Samsung monitor, logitech gaming mouse, logitech G35 gaming headset, logitech speakers and subwoofer and microsoft ergonomic keyboard 4000).
PSU- overkill 600watt of a decent brand is plenty if you want to be safe 650 watt
RAM- 8 gb is more than enough
If overclocking get the i7 3770k
Thanks for the quick reply! How do you know what amount of power you will need to run a given system? I knew I didn't need 850 Watt PSU, but how do you know that 600 Watts will suffice? I liked the fact that both the mobo and the processor were low wattage components, so you are probably correct about only needing 600 watts.
I'm not experienced in overclocking and don't plan on tinkering with the processor. Will the i7 3770 be compatible with the EVGA NVIDIA GTX 670 superclocked?
As for RAM, you're also probably right. I might be overdoing it. However, I do game and plan on playing BF3 along with LOL and some RTS games.
your always better to buy an over sized power supply then on that right at the max wattage of what you need.
it simple math and stress on a part. have two ps from the same vendor one 600w then other 750w.. the load is 500w.
the lower ps your running it near 90 percent of rated output. it going to be making a lot of heat. with the 750w unit your in the 60-70 percent range of the unit...it not going to be have to work as hard..so that it going to run cooler...and the parts are going to last longer. take a look at forums that load test there power supply...the ones that show output and ac ripple...you see as you load a standard ps to 70 percent or more you start to stress most power supply's out. you see this on low end ps as ac ripple...or noise. the intel heat sink uses plastic legs and is prone to loosen up over time. a lot of people have issues getting the clips to go in and lock on a lot of mb. your better off spending the 30.00 for a 212 or clone type heat sink or one with a back plate or screws. large cases are easy to work with and to hide the cables...the down side is a lot of times you have to by extender cables for the fans and power cables and long sata cords. most of the good gaming cases are around the size of the r300. a few inches bigger then the antec one case. a few inches in size makes it a lot easier to move around a standard atx mb with a large heat sink. and not have the hard drive bay be in the way of your video cards. when you look at your mb and case see where the video slots line up in the case. some cases now have no hard drives there so you can put long cards in or the hard drive bay can be removed. cheap cases the bays are fixed and cant be removed. for fans you want three fans..one in the front low...to pull air in. then two on the top to pull air out. the other air puller going to be your power supply. if the case does not have a screen for the power supply then order one or put one on..you dont want to suck up a penny or paper clip into your power supply.
Thanks for the input guys! After reading your comments and doing a little more research, I think I will take your suggestion and buy the i5-3570k. I think I will stick with the 750 watt power supply as I may add another gpu later. However, do you think the motherboard and/or gpu is overkill? Or am I spending my money on the right things?