Hi! I'm building my first PC and am trying to figure out if this is the way to go or not. I've had a few conversations with friends and professionals who've done this, but I thought maybe I'll just ask the faceless millions here.
I'm looking for tweaks on anything, better brands or ideas based on what I've got. If there's a way to save money, I'd appreciate that as well. I've still yet to decide on cooling and a case, so any suggestions there would be good. Right now, I'm leaning more towards fans than a liquid cooling system.
I have read some other answers, but my main concern is that all the parts I have work together.
Ok, here's what I've got so far. Be nice, I'm definitely not experienced at this whatsoever. I'm doing my best to educate myself, though and all help is very appreciated.
Budget: below 2k. Preferably around 1500-1700, which is about where it will be.
Purchase date: Less than a month, hopefully
Usage: Gaming, some work and video related stuff.
Don't care about SLI. Not sure whether I'm going to overclock or not.
My current compy is 5 years old running a Duo. It's time for a change.
Drop down to 128GB. After that amount, SSDs start to get too expensive per GB. Get the Crucial M4. Now, upgrade to the GTX 670. That PSU is overhyped and there are better quality (not to say its quality is bad) PSUs for A LOT cheaper. Get the TX750 V2 for $110. "Some work and video related stuff" does not warrant 16GB of RAM or an i7. Get the i5-3570k and 8GB of RAM.
I can get the 240 GB SSD for $230. While that's not quite the 1.10 ratio for the 128 Crucial model, it is still 1.04, which is negligible, but I'll definitely consider it.
PSU sounds good. My only concern is if I'm getting too large of a unit, especially since most 670s seem to need less wattage, especially if I'm not doing SLI.
Processor is a good point. I want cool stuff but do I really need it? Probably not. The 3570k would be much cheaper if I swing it right. Do I need that much RAM? Definitely not. But I wouldn't mind having it.