Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: September 15th, 2012
Budget Range: $900 (+/- $20-30) Before rebates and after shipping. I'm on a limited budget. MIRs are problematic
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and mild video editing for youtube gameplay/commentary
Are you buying a monitor: No. I'm going to save money and use my 42 inch HDTV instead.
Parts to Upgrade: Everything; starting from scratch
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, PCPartPicker, NCIX, or any other trustworthy vendor.
Location: Atlantic, North Carolina, United States
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, no GPU preference
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 42 inch 1080p HDTV
Additional Comments: Just looking for a good enough gaming PC (with bigger balls than average) within my budget. More case recommendations would be appreciated.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Using an old HP dv7 laptop. Getting very low FPS in my games of choice. That and I'm tired of console graphics. Ever since I've started learning about gaming PCs, I've noticed just how bad console visuals are.
I have a build already pieced together. Just looking for more input before I pull the trigger around September 15th (maybe sooner).
Also, the version of the HD 7950 listed on PCPartPicker IS NOT the version I'll be going with. I plan on getting the Vapor X version instead.
Once again, I'm trying to get the best bang for my buck without going too far over $900. If I can get it for less, that would be even better. I do not want a SSD just yet. I feel the HDD will be good/fast enough. I want to dump as much cash as I can in the CPU and GPU. I also want a case with high airflow, good cable management, and is aesthetically pleasing.
I also do not care about Ivy bridge and its PCIe 3.0. I don't plan on doing SLI or Crossfire, therefore I find ivy bridge features unnecessary. I also want to save as much money as possible without sacrificing performance. I feel the i5 2500k paired with a Z68 board is good enough. If you guys have better options for less, by all means, share them.
As stated, save more with the Neo Eco 520 as well http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I mean the 7950 and i5 2500K would be the most power consuming things when you overclock but even then that's maybe 230w (stock is 180) and the chip will get up to about 125w-150w so that'll only total up to 355w. Giving you plenty of headroom on a 520w PSU, the system barely accounts for any power consumption. Mainly all GPU CPU.