I built a desktop 5-6 years ago and ended up giving it to a friend it was so outdated. I have been out of the computer scene for a long time, just starting to research again, and looks like prices have come down. I want to build a quiet, gaming machine that will handle everything with ease. I have never overclocked but am not against it. I don't necessarily have a budget but don't want to spend more than is necessary.
Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I decide on parts.
Budget Range: ~ $1,000 - $1,500.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Everyday browsing, Gaming, Videos, Photoshop
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Like newegg. Open to reliable / inexpensive alternatives.
Location: Santa Rosa, California, United States
Parts Preferences: Looks like the i5 cpu is solid. Not sure about 2500k vs. 3570k.
Overclocking: Maybe, if I need to.
SLI or Crossfire: No / Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 Whatever is considered better. I think 24" but am not 100% decided between that and 27"
Additional Comments: Would like it quiet. Am ok with spending more on case and fans to keep the temps low and the noise down. Don't need any bling or lights.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: The level of games that have been released in the past couple of years is amazing. I want to experience the most modern technology at its finest.
The PSU is ready for Crossfire. You can add another 7970 GHz for 2-way CF without having to upgrade wattage.
The SSD is where you'll install your favorite games for faster loading and boot times, while the HDD will act a storage drive for your large files and downloads.
Blackhawk is one the best casings I've seen. It has everything you'll need, and you won't have to add anything to it anymore.
5 pre-installed fans, very spacy interior, convenient front panel, and great cable management.
P.S - If you can walk in to a Microcenter, they have this great CPU+Mobo bundle promo where you can save $50.
i5 2500k is still a very compelling choice... compared to i5 3570k... at least little or no difference to our naked eyes.. if you not going to sli/cfx you can get a cheaper mobo and smaller wattage psu..
Thanks for the responses so far, I really appreciate your help. I like to do research on all the parts themselves, but here's what im leaning to as of now and a couple questions.
CPU: i5 3570k
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155
Memory: Undecided but 8 gigs
Storage: 1TB 7200 drive and a 128 gig SSD. More research needed.
GPU: 7970 - Very confused on all the choices here.
Case: Fractal R4 - Love the simple design and am reading good reviews.
PSU: Would 750w be sufficient if I decided to add a gpu in the future?
OS: Microsoft 7
When I built my last system, sound cards were recommended but I don't see any talk of them now. Are the built in sound cards much higher quality these days?
What are the main differences between the 7970's out there?
Reading about silent gaming pc's I stumbled across a lot of people using z77 ASUS boards for fanexpert 2 to be able to control fan speeds to keep acoustics down. If I didn't go with an Asus board is their a high quality fan control speed program that would work similar?
Any news on when Vapor X 7970's will be in stock again?
Whats the difference between Green, Blue, Black western digital drives? Is green worth it for a quieter build?