This is a first time build. I don't have any experience with setting up a system like this. I am currently using a 4+ year old macbook pro left over from school. So anything new will be an enormous upgrade.
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This week (as soon as I can)
Budget Range: ~1200 all told. This is flexible though.
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming (SC2, Dota2, maybe some FPS)
internet browsing and video
gaming with concurrent video processing (using something like xsplit)
video format shifting
Light Photoshop usage
audio editing (Acid or something similar)
office work and possibly some CAD (Revit MEP). Most of this is done by remote server so it's not a priority
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg,
Location: Iowa City, IA
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Overclocking, SLI, and Crossfire: I probably won't be doing any of this immediately, but would like the capability if it's not a large cost increase.
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
XFX Radeon HD 6950 1GB Video Card
(a friend recommended the GTX 680(?) and says he's very happy with it, but it's expensive)
(I'm assuming the motherboard has acceptable sound built into it)
Xigmatek ASGARD PRO (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Rosewill 630W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer
Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
I have some specific questions/concerns in addition to overall feedback
-Will the cooling unit included with the CPU be enough or should I consider something more robust?
-Is skipping a separate sound card a good idea?
-Will the CPU and motherboard play nice? Do i need to upgrade the power supply?
The RAM is double what it needs to be for gaming, but if you video edit a lot it may be worth it.
Your better of with the HD7850. Again, newer technology, more performance and lower power draw. A GTX680 will perform much better than the 7850, but is very expensive (and kind of redundant with the 670 offering the same performance for $100 less). Best off with the HD7850 unless you can afford the 670.
MSI Radeon HD7850. $260 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sound cards are fairly redundant because modern motherboards have fairly good integrated sound nowadays. Only reason to get one is if you have a large and expensive surround system to go with it.
Haven't heard of that case, just make sure to research it first, make sure its decent and all. Coolermaster HAF series and all Corsair cases are good picks.
Z77 is optimized for Ivy Bridge, so should be good. No, just brand swap as Rosewill isn't the greatest quality.
If you have some cash, the easiest way to upgrade a PC's performance is to add an SSD boot drive. It is similar to a HDD, but blazingly fast. Unfortunately the cost/capacity ratio is nowhere near as good as HDD's, so usually the OS and programs go on a small SSD, and mass storage on the HDD. This SSD is the one I personally recommend, its about the fastest on the market.
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB. $115 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...