I'm looking for a gaming computer that is gonna last me a couple years running every game that comes out on highest settings. I only plan to GAME and do some browsing on the internet. No video rendering will be done.
These are the parts that i have put together, please let me know how everything looks. I want an SSD for my games so that they load faster... Do i just put the OS on the SSD? for the games to load faster?
- Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
- MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
- Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (Do i need an aftermarket heatsink fan WITH the CPU cooler? or will the stock heatsink with the ivybridge be ok???)
- Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler
- G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Do i need more for diablo 3?)
Any new computer over $1000 should have an SSD as a primary hard drive. It is one of the key features that will make your computer "fast" in the common things you do. You should have a 2nd HDD for bulk storage if you have such a need.
If the concern is you have too many games to fit, if you are using steam, go lookup the instructions on mklink on how to move your games from your SSD to HDD when you're done actively playing them.
If you can't handle that kind of administrative maintenance, perhaps look into Intel SRT solution or one of the new hybrid harddrives(although price wise these don't save you money over the SSD+HDD solution).
If you need to cut your budget somehwere
Mobo: if you don't need the pro features you can get by with a cheaper mobo, even among same asus line
Cooler: You spent all this money for a k processor, you should get a cooler. If you don't want to spend as much for cooling, an 212evo is a cheaper solution. If you don't want to spend at all, that means you'd rather not overclock and you should also not get the k processor to save money there.
more on ssd choice: at least get a 128 ssd + HDD, if you can't get a deal on the 256.
Looks pretty good. There are possibly a couple of areas, where savings can be made.
In gaming terms, the Asus P8Z77-V is a good, high performance card, that loses very little, compared to the Pro version.
You need some form of aftermarket cooler, if you want to overclock CPU. The Noctua is one of the best air coolers, to give a good overclock, and goes well with such a good mobo. If you don't want to OC too agressively, a cooler like CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo is pretty good, and a lot cheaper.
The Fractal is a nice case, and known for being quiet. There are cheaper cases, and cases with better ventilation, although also noisier.
Unless you are planning to add a 2nd graphics card, in SLi, you don't need 750w PSU, 550w would be fine.
Obviously it depends how much game content, you need fast access to, but personally, I like some amount of conventional HDD, for stuff that just isn't worth putting on SSD. Your needs, of course, may be different.
The reason im going with that V-PRO motherboard is because it comes with a program that allows you to customize you're fans. I'am not sure but i believe that the V-Pro mobo is the only asus board with that feature, but i could be really wrong. The approach for Asus is keeping all the key features making it the most user friendly company for Motherboards. That is another reason why i have chosen asus over Asrock, even though they were third in the world for 2012 in selling motherboards, Asus was number 1. Does the V model not have the fan customization?
I don't plan on overclocking all the time but for 23 dollars extra for the i5-3570k rather than no OC at all with the i5-3570 i'ts worth it to get the k version.
-what do you think?
Thanks for suggesting a 550 PSU..I will look into a good brand myself for the PSU but can i get some suggestions for long lasting good quality 550W PSU's. (ty)
And i think i will be getting a 256GB SSD and then a 500HDD for Music/Movies.
I think i will be keeping the Noctura, unless my money plans change and i dont have enough, i will get CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo. I do not plan on overclocking ALOT but more casual so i probably only need the CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo. But I like to keep my options open and for that piece of mind that its being well taken care of. I would prefer it. -thanks malbluff.
After some more feedback ill post my new computer SPEC. Thanks!
The Asus V has the same fan software as the V Pro. The only differences, between the two, are not gaming significant. Number of USB connections, eSATA etc.
You should appreciate overclocking doesn't just cost $23. You need to also take into account the cost of aftermarket cooler, and higher spec mobo.
For 550w PSU's. XFX do a good 550w, but it's not modular. Rosewill Hive is a decent modular one. The Seasonic X series 560w is exceptionally good, but expensive.
Looks quite good. If you are not having an unlocked processor AND have no thought of adding a 2nd graphics card, in the future, you COULD drop to a H77 mobo. You wouldn't lose anything else.
For GTX 670, personally would prefer the Gigabyte Windrush.
Probably the best HDD is Western Digital Caviar Black. Hitachi Deskstar is a reasonable alternative. Always nice to have a 128GB SSD, for OS and main games, but of course that's "optional extra" if budget will allow.
With 77 boards, dual channel is better, and cheaper. You don't NEED 16GB, for gaming, or much else, for that matter. The one "common" thing, which benefits from maximum RAM, is complex photo/video editing. If you are into those things, then it may be worth getting more. In fact there can be an argument, for those applications, for more than 16GB. In those cases, it's definitely better to use 2x8 initally, so you've got spare slots, to add more.
For gaming 2x4 is best.