Hello! I am getting ready to build a new PC for gaming and basic home use. I would love it if a few people could review my build and offer opinions and advice on where I am going overboard (either by hardware or by price) and where this build could use some upgrading to get the best bang for my buck. Technology just moves so fast, I want to be sure Im not wasting any money here.
System Usage: Mid to High graphics for gaming, some light FRAPSing (maybe), watching movies, surfing the net, nothing special
SLI or Crossfire: Not at this time. (I barely know what it is)
Overclocking: Not at this time. (Again, I've never tried it)
Budget: $700 - $900
- I have only built two PCs before. The first was a gaming rig in '05 that is still with me as my main PC (the day after I graduated high school), which doesnt even support Shader 2.0, and the second was a general home PC for my mom in 2010. I have never attempted to overclock anything, and doubt I will be doing so this time around.
- I always seem to get excited about games a year or two after they come out. Im looking to build a PC that can run Diablo 3 smoothly, and maybe Skyrim, too. It would also be great if this setup would last me for the next 5 years or so, with minimal upgrades. I am currently playing Starcraft 2 and League of Legends on my girlfriend's laptop, both are on lowest settings.
- I plan on building within the next month, as soon as I am finished moving from TX to AK.
So, after customizing a few PCs on alienware.com, ibuypower.com, cyberpowerpc.com, etc. I decided that I could squeeze out some extra power by building my own again. I have $1000 set aside for this PC, but that is my MAX budget. I am more interested in capping this at $800, and saving the rest for games, hidden expenses down the line, and emergencies. Thats pretty much all the money I have to my name, and like a good gamer, Im blowing it all on my passion. =)
I plan on ordering everything from newegg.com; they have been very good to me in the past.
Total Cost = $735 (with a little cash left over for Windows 7, SATA wires, new mouse and keyboard, and games. Im not worried about that stuff at this point.)
Edit: I already have a nice 24'' monitor to use, and a 46'' tv that may or may not be used, as well. (Though not at the same time!)
I am really interested in having the 8 core processor, but I dont know if this is really necessary for what I have in mind. I was also reading earlier that 16gig of ram is overkill, so I will probably bump that down to 8gig.
I would like to be loyal to ATI again, but I picked this graphics card because 2 gig > 1 gig. Is there a comparable card in the Radeon HD line for cheaper? I dont know everything about computer hardware, and this was the most confusing part of the build for me. Please advise! I don't know anything about SLI or Crossfire or whatever all that new stuff is called, but I don't think I have incorporated any of it into this build anyways...
So again, please let me know where I am spending too much, either for overkill on power or just price, and where I could spend more money and have it really be worth it. There are just way, waaay too many choices to look at, and still trust myself on making the right decisions. Technology upgrades too fast!
Thank you for all of your feedback! It is really appreciated.
-Tom Thompson (no relation to TomsHardware)
you have enough sata cables and pretty much everything you need. you might need a 8pin extension and that is about it
keyboard that i recommend. the one that i truely would suggest (quickfire pro with red switches) is sold out at newegg (it was 59.99 after MIR which is killer). mech keyboards are wayy better than the standard rubber dome keyboards. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0068INSUM/?tag=pcpapi-20
I seem to be seeing a lot of fluctuation on graphics cards. This is the most important part of the PC along with the processor, yes? How much of a difference in performance am I going to see with this 7950 versus the one TheBigTroll recommended in his build?
Is it really worth it to spend every penny to get the top of the line card?
With the hd 7950, you can overclock it to speeds similar to that of the GTX 670. I understand you stated you're not comfortable with overclocking, but believe me...the curiosity will eventually consume you.
I recommend that you don't deny the inevitable...besides, you'll get a huge boost in performance if you overclock the CPU and GPU. There's plenty of youtube tutorials (as well as written ones) to help you along the way.
Way to nudge me along... It does seem like this will be the build for me to delve into overclocking. I guess Im worried I'll do something wrong and break something. Money is always tight with me, so I wont be able to replace expensive parts if I make a mistake. I still have a week or two before the move and build, so I guess I will start reading up on overclocking.
And thank you all, again, for the great build suggestions.