I am a complete noob on computers, Im a console gamer and am making the switch to PC. The PC needs to have expandibility, and would like to overclock it. Basically I want the best performance for this price range. Needs to be able to run games like BattleField3, Skyrim+a ton of mods, Fallout+a ton of mods, the Total War Series, most MMO's, etc. on moderate-highest settings. Any help would be great.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
I plan on ordering most of my parts from newegg. I have a seperate budget for monitor (~200 $ i will have to physically look at these to see what i like best). Win 7 is a must, but i already have the OS.
Questions about your build:
would it be beneficial to have more Memory than 8GB, or would a little more $$ for 16GB be worth it?
What are the differences between a mid tower and a full tower(such as cooling, and cable management)?
Is this build compatible with multiple VIdeo cards(i might get another later)?
Ive seen mixed reviews about WesternDigital and Seagate, is their really any performance difference?
If I OC this would you recomend getting a heat sink fan, if so what would it be?
Feedback from Newegg say that ASROCK has poor customer service, does that really matter?
1. No not for gaming, and its really easy to add more later if needed.
2. Full is just massive meant for tri/quad sli/crossfire setups with custom loops and such, mid-tower is your basic standard sized desktop, although they are just guidelines as all case dimensions vary.
3. Yes you can go crossfire/sli. The PSU i selected encourages it ;D . Youll need to upgrade the mobo to get more than 2 cards together though.
4. Not really, seagates used to be faster but WD has since recovered and matched them, but again it all depends on the drive there are plenty of older models afloat.
5. The one i recommended is very nice and will really let you crank it up. If you want to spend less the coolermaster evo 212 for $26 is nice. If you want to spend more the Noctua D14 is just over $80 and is really the best aircooler you can buy.
6. I wouldnt put too much stock into newegg reviews, the consensus on forums such as these is much more reliable. And Asrock is an excellent brand.
IS it worth it to get the Noctua D14,do i really need it?