Approximate Purchase Date: A week or so. No rush though. Wanna make sure I'm getting a decent system
Budget Range: 1000-1500$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Recording Video(gaming for Let's plays, etc), Editing video. Web use.
Are you buying a monitor: Not right now, probably for Christmas or so though.
Parts to Upgrade: All parts new. Do not need keyboard/mouse/speakers/monitor.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7 Ultimate)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: Lake Charles, LA. Only stores in town are Best Buy(a small version) Walmart, Office Depot.
Parts Preferences: none really.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: current 1680x1050. Would probably upgrade to the next resolution size up, or up to what my new GPU can handle.
Additional Comments: I don't care so much about top of the line graphics and performance, just so as it works well enough to not notice hiccups. But I do care that this PC will last with minimal upgrades. Just as an idea, My current PC is 7 years old, Only thing I changed in it is the video card, which is 4 years old (Geforce 9500 GT) And almost all new games I do have to play on the lowest settings possible. But I can still play them without issues(save 1-2 games) and they still look decent. Only issues I've had are for Diablo 3, it was an FPS crash, had to limit foreground FPS to 45 or lower. Also in Act 2 with the water I have a bit of graphic lag.
Games I'm currenting playing: Guild Wars 2, Deus Ex:Human Revolution, Diablo 3. Gaming I will be playing in the future: X-Com:Enemy Unknown, SimCity, Giana Sisters project(the demo was chugging for me on my current PC, but could be due to demo build. Also might not have had all settings at lowest possible, but I know most were)
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: It's that time. As mentioned, current PC is 7 years old. Also looking towards the future and wanna make sure I can run upcoming games (X-Com Enemy Unknown, the new Sim City, and whatever else catches my fancy)
I used the guides on this site to get to that list. Few things I'm unsure of though. Is the case big enough? or should be big enough anyway? And the Power Supply. Is it enough? or too much? is that an issue if it is (too much that is)
This is one more thing I'm not 100% on, I may want more just to go ahead and get it. Would probably just double up to 16 gigs. My worry is SimCity. The new one will be pretty hefty as I understand it, every person and car will be simulated and have a "point" to them. IE every person walking on the street is there for a reason, either going to work/home/friends or something. It's more a true simulation(well it isn't a *true* simulation, but a lot more than previous versions), and my experience with simulations are they need RAM (Supreme Command caused me many a crashes due to ram shortage)
You're using an outdated GPU with this type of budget, which is a no-no IMO. I'll make you a parts list
Also, any particular reason why you're using Win7 Ultimate? For most, Win7 Home Premium or even Professional is more than suffice. This may give you more headroom for hardware to make your parts last even longer.
Beefy CPU+GPU AND a new 1080p monitor for the cost of $1372, well within your budget
If you'd like, we could swap out the Radeon HD7950 for a GTX670 which will yield even more performance to last even longer. However, I'm leaving that up to you, the Radeon HD7950 is a stellar overclocker and it's a proven value for the price point at the moment.
Antec Three Hundred Two > Rosewill Challenger
Better airflow, better cable management, better build quality. However, if you would like something different, there's plenty of options considering there's plenty of budget headroom with and without the monitor.
ASRock Extreme 4 Z77 Motherboard > ASUS P8H77
ASRock Extreme 4 Z77 is a proven value board and will allow you to overclock your i5. The H77 board from ASUS you have chosen won't, so there's really no sense going with a 'k' SKU CPU if you can't even take advantage of it.
TX650V2 > HX850
You won't need 850w of power unless you are planning to SLI GTX680's. Even then, you would have plenty of power left over. Really, for any single-GPU system today, you only need a 550w PSU, however, if you plan to Crossfire/SLI in the future, then I would recommend a 750w PSU.
Radeon HD7950 > GTX560 Ti
The Radeon HD7950 is almost twice as fast as the GTX560 Ti and the 1GB VRAM buffer on the 560 Ti may cripple it in the future. Game requirements are changing and we're seeing most games run better on cards that have at least 2GB. Fear not! The HD7950 has 3GB of VRAM to provide more than enough VRAM for almost any resolution you throw at it.
If you have anymore questions or concerns, please let me know and I'll be more than happy to answer.