So yeah, getting ready to attempt my FIRST build, but I'm not 100% confident that I'm on the right track. Opinions and tips would be very appreciated, as would any ideas for extra components/coolers/etc. Hopefully I'm not completely wrong in my selections and what-not, but I certainly wouldn't mind any criticism or alternative approaches to what I'm attempting here.
And, as far as that goes, I'm attempting to set-up a $1,000 build here, give or take, like, $200. That is, $1,200 max, roughly. So, there it is, and thanks for any words on this in advance, Yeah?
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web-Surfing
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, but I'm definitely flexible on that note
Parts Preferences: AMD (for cost) and NVIDIA
Overclocking: Maybe (though certainly not a major priority)
SLI or Crossfire: No, for the time being
Your Monitor Resolution: Currently at 1600 X 900
Why I'm upgrading: It's time for me to finally get a PC I can be satisfied with. Something with teeth, especially compared to the less than stellar Dell, uh, thing I'm currently using at the moment, Haha!
And here's the build as it stands, currently. Again, this is my first build, so please take mercy upon me, Haha! ANY advice would be appreciated greatly, and any ideas and experienced opinion will be taken VERY seriously, trust me.
Unless you happen to get a good deal on a CPU, AMD is not really a good value currently.
There are a few AMD CPUs that are still adequate by modern standards, but they do not compete for price. I have seen, recently, a Phenom II x4 965 for as low as $80... that's a deal that is nice, but probably not still available and it doesn't really fit your budget, as you can afford better.
If you are using your computer mainly for gaming and web browsing, I would go for an Intel i3 2120 instead. The i3 performs equal to or BETTER than AMD in games. The cost would be roughly about the same as well. Also, with an Intel LGA1155 board it will give you room to upgrade if you wanted to go to an i5/i7 sandy bridge/ivy bridge cpu. With AMD there really is no room to upgrade except to a 6 core or 8 core, but that will perform worse in games, at least until they can take advantage of it in newer games if that ever happens.
Quick update before I head to bed: Thanks a lot for the recommendations so far! I've decided that the i5 would probably be a better bet than the AMD stuff. Looking at some graphs and data leads me to believe that Intel is definitely the way to go. And Proximon, you were right on the 660-Ti. And though it may be extreme over-kill (Haha!) considering the resolution I'm running now, I do believe that I will be upgrading to a better monitor down the road, at some point.
Now, quick question about the i5: You pointed out the i5-3470, and it seems like a good fit. But, would I gain anything substantial by going instead with the i5-3570K? It's not a huge difference in price, but I wonder if it's worth the $20 or whatever. Also, would I need to go with a different motherboard than the ASRock with the 3570K? I wouldn't think so, but I figured I would ask and be safe, Haha!
But really, thanks both of you again for the helpful words.
Ok, so doing a quick update for reference. I've kind-of morphed the original build, bringing in an i5 and a beefier graphics card. Plus, I've added-in a CPU cooler and a different motherboard. Hopefully, I'm doing this right, but I feel pretty confident about my plan here. Plus, I've reached the $1,200 limit that I planned in the beginning.
Well, $1,244.88, technically, if I go straight through Newegg, Haha!
Anyways, here's the build as it stands. Hopefully, I've got this thing locked-down. Any mistakes or oversights. I've made, please let me know. Thanks in advance.
Okay, so this will PROBABLY be my last post on this topic. After scrounging around the Internet, researching all of the recommendations I got here, and genuinely learning a thing or too, I have now settled upon this as my 1st Build:
And so, I suppose I should at least explain my decisions here, if only to make sure I'm truly understanding what I'm doing.
CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K
So, I started with AMD, and was led to Intel. All for the best, I can bet. Needless to say, I started this build initially with NO OC'ing intended, but quickly came to the conclusion that I would probably regret not having the option down the road. Though I'm very new to this business, I will never become familiar with it if I begin limiting myself right out of the gate.
CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
And since I wanted to keep the above options open, I decided to jump on Proximon's recommendation for an after-market CPU cooler. And though I did look at other options on this front, the EVO seemed to be the unanimous recommendation in almost every case.
Motherboard - ASUS P8Z77-V LK ATX
Okay, and here's our first real split. Now, Proximon recommended the ASRock Pro 4 Z77, but I clearly went a different route. And the main reasoning behind this was actually SEEING the ASUS in a rig. And as far as it goes, I liked the layout of what I saw. Plus, in the rig I viewed (which can be found HERE), the build was very similar to what I've got here, so it was a decent litmus test of sorts.
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
And here's another split, but this one is a bit shallow, I'll admit. I was recommended the G.SKILL Ripjaws Series X 8GB set-up with the low-voltage option. Now, that still may be the way to go, but this leads to my semi-silly bout of pickiness. The color. With the case I'm going with, red RAM will match the LED's and the interior walls of the case. Harangue me if I've got the wrong mind-set, but I'm odd this way sometimes, Haha!
Video Card - MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
And now for overkill. Now, it was mentioned that my current monitor resolution was only 1600 X 900. So a 660 Ti definitely is going a tad-bit overboard. But, after deciding that, yes, I would be upgrading to a 1080p monitor, I felt that I had a genuinely good reason to jump on a 600-Series NVIDIA card. If anything, I'm just covering as many bases whilst staying in an agreeable price-range.
Case - Rosewill RANGER ATX
Yet another great recommendation by Proximon. USB 3.0 ports on the front-end, plenty of room to work a build in, several on board fans for great air-flow, plus genuinely great looking (in my opinion, of course). Awesome find.
Power Supply - Rosewill 650W ATX12V/EPS12V
Last real split from Proximon's recommendations. Simple explanation: Semi-modular power supply that's 80-Plus Gold certified. Plus, it works pretty well paired with this case. Ought to be just right.
As for everything else, they simply fit what I needed or wanted. No need to run-down all that at this point.
So yeah, any final thoughts or opinions will be happily accepted, but I'm 100% sure that this will be what I'm building as my first rig. Hopefully I haven't completely embarrassed myself here, but I'm confident that I've made some great selections and will have tons of fun With the final result.
In any case, thanks again Proximon for the help and direction. And thanks to the community for not completely tearing me and my ideas apart, Haha! Very happy with my experience here so-far, and hopefully I haven't annoyed anyone too much.
Bah, I might have just as easily suggested those parts. All of them are fine.
I do worry a bit about the connections on that PSU. They have to cut costs somewhere and cheap power connectors do wear out over time... I had to RMA a Corsair PSU once because of that. I say I worry about it, but for that price it's very hard to avoid. It's too good internally.