Hi, I'm building my first computer pretty soon and I'm looking for advice on what parts to get. I'm hoping to get a build that can run very graphics hungry games and very CPU intensive activities too, I've spent a while looking at parts and came up with this list, thanks for any advice and all advice!
Approximate Purchase Date: Either in the next couple of months or in the late Spring. Budget Range: Hopefully under $2,000, I can go a little higher. System Usage: Mostly gaming, along with more general use stuff. Preferred Website: I've been using Newegg, but anywhere with good customer support and prices will be fine. Location: Fairfield, Connecticut, pretty close to New York City. Parts Preference: Definitely Intel for CPU. Overclocking: Probably not at first, but most likely later on I'll try it out once I understand it better. SLI/Crossfire: I'd like to upgrade to this eventually once I have the money, but not immediately. Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080, most likely. Additional Parts: I'm also using about $300 for a mouse, keyboard, and headset.
You don't need NEARLY that much wattage from your PSU. Even if you want to be able to SLI in the future, 750-800W is usually plenty. 1k+ is only useful if you have a 3-way SLI going, and your motherboard doesn't support that. I'd also stick to Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, PCP&C, or XFX for brands. For a single card, you'd be fine with this: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&m...
There is no advantage from i7, over i5, for gaming and general purposes. i7 is useful for high-end photo/video editing, or 3D design, not much else. Of course, if you want i7 get it, as long as you appreciate its limited benefits.
For CPU cooler I'd suggest either the good value CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo, or the high performance Noctua NH-D14.
For a quality build, I'd recommend a better mobo, than the Extreme 4. It's a decent mobo, if on a tight budget, but certainly the Asus P8Z77-V, or VPro, or Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H are much better quality.
The EVGA GTX670 is OK, but would prefer Gigabyte Windforce, or MSI Power Ed. Better cooling, quieter, better OC.
Would MUCH prefer OCZ Vertex4, or Samsung 830, for SSD, and WD Caviar Black/Blue for HDD.
Not a huge fan of CoolerMaster PSUs, at the moment. They have bad reputation, for misleading specs. Prefer Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, Antec, PC Power&Cooling. You don't need anything like 1000w. Even adding a 2nd GPU, in SLi, would only need 750w.
And if I got the Intel Tuning plan would that cover higher RAM frequencies as well?
No - the RAM controller on Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge is integrated into the CPU - which is why it's highly advised against messing with the timings and voltages of the RAM you purchase will cause serious system instability.