So I'm looking for a good gaming build. This will be my first build and I'm obviously looking for as much advice as possible. I need everything. I currently own a Mac, and have no keyboard, mouse, monitor, nothing. So this is the works.
Purchase. Next 1-2 weeks.
Budget. 1000-1500, I would like to stay as close to 1000 as possible, but no more than 1500.
System Usage. This will be used purely for gaming. I have my iMac for all other uses. I've been leaning towards an i5 because of this.
Website. Don't care. I've been primarily checking Newegg.
Location. Chicago area
Parts. I've been primarily looking at Intel CPUs. But I'm more than open to AMD if it's a better build for the price. In terms of GPU, no idea. Honestly, I would just be taking a shot in the dark if I bought a GPU currently.
Overclocking. Maybe. I have no experience with overclocking, which scares me. But I have some friends that do, and I might get them involved. I've researched superclocked GPUs, but I'm less than thrilled with the idea of paying for overclocking, seems like cheating, and a waste of money.
SLI or Crossfire. Probably not. But if it can fit within the budget, why not have the option.
Moniter resolution. As stated before, I need a monitor. I don't want overkill with whatever GPU I get, obviously.
Additional. I really like everything in terms of gaming. So I'll be running BF3, Diablo III, Borderlands, etc. Pretty much anything but WoW. (I'm not willing to subscribe my life away to Blizzard.) I've done some research, compiled some info for savings, looked at pre-build sites, but I'm looking for as much input as possible.
This should be able to play all your mentioned games at 60 FPS on Ultra.
We can make changes if you want the price to go lower.
This build cannot SLI/Crossfire. (I suck at trying to fit it in, but the motherboard will support it. Just not the PSU)
Thanks, I like the build. In terms of price, it's in the ballpark, I was looking to get it a little bit closer to 1000. The SLI/Crossfire are definitely not necessary, just something that I was looking at if it would fit into the price.
I was toying with the SSD drive idea, my question would be the actual gaming benefits to having one. I understand loading and booting the OS off of the drive, but does it actually improve game performance?
SSD improve boot time and loading speed on games especially battlefield, some ppl were able to get into the game 30 seconds before others using the M4.
The ssd i recommend is:
They are all excellent ssd
I recommend you use the ssd to store your os and a couple of games
And have a hdd with 1tb+ for storage so it won't slow down your ssd
^The HDD wont have any effect on the SSD. Oh and, not Intel SSDs, please. Theyre overpriced for their performance.
Intel is overpriced? What? No way. According to AnandTech: 330 beats the M4 in light workload, which is probably most common. Also, the 330 sells with mounting bracket and SATA III cable for $99. The M4 sells for $115= $110 + $5 (SATAIII cable and mounting braket) I think 330 is a great buy and that's why I chose it over M4.
I have the ASRock Pro 3 mobo. I wish I would have spent an extra $30 for the Extreme 4. Better overclocking, more options (fan controllers and SATAIIIs), and better quality. Also, if I wanted to Crossfire then I'd have that option available, but I'm sure I won't.
Yes, SSDs boot faster, but applications are much faster. Instantaneous. Also, working in Photoshop, off of a SSD, is much quicker too for saving files. At first I built my desktop without it, but then decided to try it out and I've never regretted it. Best $100 I've spent.
The M4 is slow compared to the Vertex 4 and the 830. Yes, it was good a few weeks or so back, but the 830/Vertex4 has replaced it. Whatever the OP wants. I suggested two builds with and without SSD, so he chooses.
OP said SLI/CF is not necessary. I chose to save money there.
I know what SSDs do. Planning to buy one this Nov.