Thanks for taking the time to review this. After looking all over the web I decided to take the plunge and build my first pc. I’m concerned about compatibility between parts so I’m hoping you can all steer me in the right direction. I have had issues putting ram into existing builds which always scares me! In addition to asking for build advice I’m looking for some good how-to tutorials that you all could recommend. Thanks in advance.
Approximate Purchase Date: Roughly December 2012
Budget Range: Shooting for 1000 and under
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web browsing, some video watching
Are you buying a monitor: No, at least not initially
Parts to Upgrade: Everything!
Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7 or 8?)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any
Location: Pittsbugh, PA
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU Nvidia GPU
Overclocking: Maybe – Not initially
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe – Not initially
Your Monitor Resolution: I’d like a 1920X1080 but will probably push the purchase of a new monitor to 2013.
Additional Comments: I want a windows PC that runs relatively quiet.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I’m looking to upgrade to try out new titles like Assassin’s Creed 3 or Black Ops 2.
I have a build here that would be able to have these. I would try a 7870GHz because it seems like a better bang for the buck according to TomsHardware's GTX660ti review, though a GTX660 or 660ti would be great as well.
Thank you! I'm curious as to why you don't recommend a soundcard. Is onboard sound good enough in most cases? Also, I saw one incompatability between the case and the usb 3.0 hub but that's NBD. Any other thoughts?
Really appreciate the response but I'd like to look at a few options and compare.
Thank you! I'm curious about Windows 8, what's everyone's experience with it? Also, I'm spending almost 1/3 of my total cost on the videocard in the build above. Is it really necessary to go that crazy? I'm new with this all so I'm making sure to ask as many questions as possible.
Generally the GPU is the most important part of the system in a gaming build.
I wouldn't go for Win8, having tried the release preview. It's full of irritating design decisions, like programs on both Desktop and Metro, but you can do some stuff in only one of them. Control Panel is hopeless.
I went ahead and ordered most of these parts and will be building soon. I did order the 660ti, I considered a 670 but started to go above the budget I really wanted to spend. I'll post some info once I build!
I hope I am happy with the 660TI. I've heard mixed things but it semes like a pretty good card. I didn't want to spend any more to get a 670 or 680 as I already went above my projected budget. Here's to gaming!