System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming, programming
Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM): Everything. I am building this will all new parts.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes (win 7 or 8)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, superbiz.
Location: Northridge, California
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I have always been partial to intel and nvidia for cpu and gpu respectively. I am always open to suggestions though.
Overclocking: Yes (as far as I can on air)
SLI or Crossfire: Not unless someone makes a good point as to why I should
Your Monitor Resolution: I would like to get a new monitor with the new computer. A good solid gaming monitor for a good price preferred.
Additional Comments: I would like a fan speed controllor for the computer if possible. Also if someone can recommend a good heatsync and fans for the case. Also I want to use an SSD (or 2?). I want my OS to boot quickly and my games as well. Should I have 2 ssds for this?
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Its been a few years and now that I am trying to enter the competitive esports scene, I want to be at the top of my game.
I do not have my mind set on anything for sure yet.
^For esports, you want 1080p or lower. Anything higher than that and you have to do one of two things: Turn the graphics way, way down, or get a very expensive SLI setup. (Or get a top-end Radeon card - they're neck and neck with nvidia, but slaughter them at higher resolutions.)
Motherboard = Z77 of some kind, it's kinda up to you. I like ASRock and Biostar personally.
GPU = GTX 670, although it's really hard for me to not suggest an HD 7970 right now. The 670 link is first, and i have that particular card (or should i say, i'm "borrowing" it from my brother in law).
Also, what game(s) are you into? In some games (Starcraft, for example), competitive players like to lower the graphics settings to make assessing what's happening on screen faster and easier (cognitively).
GW2 is my focus in hopes that it becomes an esport for the upcoming season. However I am also playing other games such as Counter-strike, league, and SC2. Basically focusing on one game while keeping my options open if it doesnt work out.
For gaming, an i7-3770K offers no advantages worth the price over an i5-3570K.
The Xigmatek Gaia cools better than the Hyper 212+, with a degree of the Hyper 212 EVO, and is up to 6db quieter. Crappermaster has also been found in competent technical reviews to be dishonest, so I cannot ethically recommend ANY of their products.
If you want high resolution and/or multiple monitors (e.g. Eyefinity), then you'll want an AMD card. As DarkSable suggested, the AMD cards perform better at higher resolutions, typically because they generally have more RAM, and may have greater memory bandwidth.
For mobos, I'd choose Asus > ASRock = Gigabyte > anyone else. If you're getting into esports, I suspect you will want Asus, especially if you intend to OC.
Capstone is a good PSU, as is anything built by Seasonic. Get 750W if multiple GPUs is even a remote possibility, otherwise 550W is enough.
For fast level load times, you'll want a SSD. Get at least 128GB; preferably 256GB. I would suggest a drive with a non-Sandfarce controller, such as the Samsung 830. Add a WD Black for data; it's the only drive to have retained a five year warranty.
I want to have multiple monitorsn but not like eyefinity. I want my desktop and main screen and then additional monitors for extended display. I only need 2-3 and I do not want to do SLI less I really need too. For gaming I was told that a single card should be enough.
A single HD7970 should last for a good while for single monitor 1920x1080 gaming. I expect my own HD7870 to last at least a few years, especially since I don't need every setting turned up to "SuperUltraMaxOhWow!" to enjoy my games.
Close. Some things to consider are:
1. You may not need a sound card. Asus and ASRock both have some Z77 mobos that have the ALC898 codec on them: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Audio-Codec-Comp... I'd try without first; you can always add a sound card later. Here's one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $125; they go up from there. Hmmm, I just noticed that Gigabyte board also uses the ALC898. That would be fine too then.
2. Crappermaster was found to be willfully dishonest in quite a few competent technical reviews (at HardwareSecrets). Not only are many of their PSUs overrated, but some even claim to possess protection circuits that are in fact missing. When called on it in an interview, they indicated an intention of pulling them from the North American market (and foisting them off somewhere else). For that dishonesty, I cannot ethically recommend ANY of their products, no matter how good. Fortunately, the Xigmatek Gaia is a competent air cooler (I have two) that was rated by Frostytech to be better than the Hyper 212+, within a degree of the Hyper 212 EVO, and quieter by up to 6db than either one.