I'm about to buy a completely new rig which will replace my 8 year old PC (with some parts being 10 years old), and even though I made some research, I would like to hear the opinions and recommendations of others too, so please help me with my first build.
Usually, I will use it for gaming (MMORPG, FPS, RTS)>surfing the net (especially youtube)>watching HD movies.
Since my previous PC has held out for so long, I plan to use this new one for at least 5-6 years too, so longevity is important.
Below you will find some specifications and my questions.
Approximate Purchase Date: in late October (about 3-4 weeks)
Budget Range: Around 1,000 $, with a maximum of 1,150 $
(Please recommend alternatives whenever you can, since the prices are not always the same in my country as the ones on newegg, due to tax)
No new monitor, OS, keyboard or mouse is needed, only the PC.
(I'm using a Samsung T24A350 monitor with 1920x1080 native resolution.
Will use Windows 7 as OS)
Parts Preferences: Only Intel CPU and NVIDIA graphics card recommendations please.
I don't plan to overclock but maybe I will use SLI in the future.
Here are the parts I have already decided on (or narrowed down to a few);
I can't make up my mind about the motherboard.
I won't overclock and maybe I'm better off if I skip SLI and rather replace my GPU in 2 years for a new technology product?
What else would I loose beside OC and SLI if I would go with the H77?
8GB at least?
I read 1600MHz is recommended, but should I go any higher?
Which option is better - to buy a single 8GB or 2x4 GB? (Both of them are equally priced, starting around 45$)
HDD: at least 1TB, will check later, depending on which shop I will choose
ODD: some Blu-ray writer, choice depends on shop supply
SSD: I don't plan to buy one yet.
Would I need a different PSU for a H77, non-OC, non-SLI build and another for Z77 with both features?
As stated above, longevity is important, so if I might place some new parts in the future, the PSU should (be still working fine and) be able to get enough power to the new units.
I was looking at this one, randomly;
Cooler Master GX-Lite 700W http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6790
Costs about 85$, is it any good? (strange that it isn't listed on newegg).
Should have a front USB 3.0 bracket, any more extras (audio, mic) is welcome.
I guess it needs 1 or 2 cooling fans also.
The appearence doesn't have to be too flashy, there is no need for a lot of neon lights.
Does something decent with the mentioned attributes exist around 45~50$?
I think that's all for now, I'm looking forward to your ideas and thanks a lot in advance!
If I messed up something or more info is needed, please tell me.
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To answer some of your points. If you don't want an overclockable processor, and you don't intend to have a 3 monitor set-up, for surround vision, probably your best bet is i5-3550 processor and Asus P8H77-v motherboard. The stock fan is fine, so there's no NEED for aftermarket fan. The only slight advantage, they give, is slightly quieter operation. OC and SLi is all you lose with H77.
8GB (2x4GB) is ideal. 1600 MHz C9 DDR3. It's a good idea to use low profile RAM, just in case you do want to fit aftermarket cooler.
You don't need any more than 500w. Get 550w, if you want, for a bit in hand. Seasonic, XFX, Antec, PC Power & Coooling, Corsair are all good makes.
For case, if you want decent quality, that will last Corsair Carbide take some beating, but, of course, what YOU LIKE is just as important.
No, I don't intend to use 3 monitors, will use only 1.
Alright, I will choose 2x4 GB ram then.
Corsair Carbide is a bit expensive for me.
In the meantime I found this case, which looks quite nice, would you recommend it or leave it?
Cooler Master K350 http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6862
Costs about 49$.
(Yes, I know, it's a bit flashy, but I don't mind this much - edited first post)
I picked the non-K variant of the core i5 3570.
Thank you for your recommendations.
Where are you, is that case available. Note it's only got one fan, so you are probably going to need additional, which doesn't make it quite so cheap. Both of those GTX 660's are good. Doubt the Asus is worth $30 more. If you are using Asus, for mobo, I tend to feel there is a slight advantage to common manufacturer for mobo and GPU. Not something to waste a lot of money on, though.