Hey folks, just your typical thread about building a new PC. I'll keep it short and to the point.
Looking to build a machine that'll not only allow me to play games, but will allow me to flawlessly record and stream what I'm playing. Here's what I'm thinking so far. I welcome any and all tips, opinions, and questions.
I prefer to buy bundles (like the case and PSU together, the processor and motherboard together, etc.) just so I can save a few bucks. What should I edit, and what should I add to what I'm currently planning?
Your build at the moment is very nicely laid out, however, I believe you are investing money in the wrong areas.
What is your budget for this rig as a whole? Do you need an OS?
Using an i7 3770k over the i7 3570k will yield no performance benefit for recording games/playing games. No game on the market at the moment will benefit from the extra threads the i7 will provide. However, if this is a 'MUST HAVE' item, then I will let you do as you wish
A 650w PSU is enough for almost any GPU out on the market today. There is no need to go 750w or 850w unless you plan to SLI/Crossfire in the future.
I'd like to keep it at $1500 or less, but I'll spend extra money if there's reason to.
My friend, who has helped me in the past, has expressed his opinion regarding the i7-3770K. He believes I should get the best processor possible due to my recording and streaming efforts. Is it not worth it in your eyes?
You may want to swap out the GPU for a GTX670 if you wish as there's around ~$150 leftover in this budget
On a side note, to answer your question about the 3770k for recording/streaming, there is absolutely no need for it. It is HIGHLY overkill for those two things, and you won't really need the HyperThreading the i7 provides unless you do heavy video editing.
If you wish, I can make another parts list for you with an i5 3570k
Also, what resolution is your monitor? If you have listed that already, I'm sorry, I must have forgotten.
Does the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX have that nifty little button for automatic OCing? I'd like to OC the 3770K, but I've never OCed before. Any help from my hardware would be fantastic, as I know some MoBos come with a button for easy OCing.
My resolution is 1920x1080. I did not list it, so I'm just a nub, and you aren't blind.
You won't need an i7 3770k for what you're doing. This would only be helpful for extremely heavy video rendering and some 3D modeling work. The i5 will more than get the job done.
For a CPU cooler, I recommend the thermaltake all in one water cooler. It's quiet and performs well. I would suggest the H100, but if you go that route, I recommend you switch out the fans for four of these in a push/pull configuration...