Ok, this is my first attempt at building a PC and Ive been trying to get informed on a lot of things but the components have me stumped; mainly which motherboard, memory, and power supply to select. Here is where I stand currently and if you find something better for my build please suggest it
This PC is going to be used primarily for heavy gaming(GW2 and upcoming games)... it will be on pretty much all day and I am looking to build a future proof computer to last, I plan on keeping it 5yrs+ (I have already bought a CM full tower case if that matters).
Im currently looking at CPU: i7-3770k (which I don't intend to overclock) + corsair h100 water cooling
an nvidia geforce gtx 680 (possibly the gigabyte one as I heard it was good)
hard drive: ssd either adata sx900 or hyper x 240gb or so because I heard they are both fast and stable
memory: dependent on motherboard really but either mushkin redline or corsair because I heard both were good? please suggest others if they are better/faster?
Now for the motherboards I was looking at LGA 1155 ATX either the gigabyte z77x-ud3h/ud5h or Asus p8z77-v-?
I also heard msi and asrocks were good as well? These were all recommendations or notes I took from online reviews, and once I select one then ill get the power supply and add a single dvd optical drive.
1 question I had was about the onboard sound, I understand sound cards are not needed these days but is there a better sound on some boards vs others? Which boards are built to last/ less problematic? I was almost decided on a gigabyte board until I went to newegg and read all the problems people are having.. and how it takes 6 months to get refunds ect so that got me concerned. But I'm more concerned with the longevity of the components, which is also the reason I decided not to overclock as I heard that wears your components more then average. I'm open to suggestions and thanks in advance!
Approximate Purchase Date: end of August at latest
Budget Range: well say $1,000-1,500~ (I really want sturdy/lasting vs just cheap)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: very heavy gaming (GW2, upcoming games.), I like to run background applications at the same time as well from streaming music, to messengers, to voice applications.
Are you buying a monitor: No, Already have one
Parts to Upgrade: Everything
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: whatever, newegg, tigerdirect, amazon, ect..
Location: Tampa, FL
Parts Preferences: I prefer Intel Z77 LGA 1155 ATX components
Overclocking: No, as I want my pc to last and not wear out especially fast
SLI or Crossfire: no idea what these are lol
Your Monitor Resolution: it is 1920x1080, but is this dependent on my current setup?
Additional Comments: I do want my new PC to run smoothly as quietly and as cool as possible as I really want this build to last me for at least 5yrs+
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Ive been having lots of blue screens, sound issues, its time to upgrade and really to be able to handle my gaming future.