I am new to building rigs so please bear with me, if i am missing anything down below.
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: 1000-1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Gaming, Movies and school work
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Not sure I do have a copy of windows vista
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or what ever is cheaper
Location: College station, Texas, 78595
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080,
Additional Comments: Would be playing games such as COD, Dragon Age 2, Sid Miers Civ 5, and auto-cad, with Microsoft work
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Old computer can’t ploy newest games anymore and figured that building a gaming rig is better and cheaper than a gaming laptop.
This is a list of the parts I am thinking of buying.
Maxing everything on a single monitor with the 7950 will be no problems, you also get 3 free games (far cry 3, Sleeping Dogs , and Hitman). You won't need more than 8gb for gaming.
I like this build except that you put a locked CPU into a Z77 case. OP, this is a good build, just swap the CPU listed here for the i5 3570k, which is unlocked and will take advantage of the Z77 board.
Is their a reason why I should not go for the I7?
Yes. There's no point. In gaming, you won't use the extra CPU power, so why pay the premium for it? The i5 3570k is really in a sweet spot of performance and price right now.
Can someone else give me their opinion on this build or a better one, and can someone tell me if it would be worth to get the Nvidia 680 or get something cheaper.
Thanks you guys
The 680 isn't really worth its price. The benchmarks show that it doesn't really perform much higher than the 670, but it costs significantly more. The GPU above is a good option, but check out this article and pick the one in your price range: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
They say in the $400 range that the 7970 is the best option, and I would agree with that. You can always Crossfire it in the future, as well.
Also, you live in College Station (hello fellow Texan, I'm in Dallas myself), so if you can make the drive to either Houston or Dallas, you should ABSOLUTELY do it and hit up the Microcenter for a great price on your CPU and MOBO. They have the i5 3570k for IIRC $179.99 in-store and generally run a promo where if you buy the Ivy Bridge CPU with a Z77 MOBO then you get an extra $50 off. Nobody else can beat that price, so it's worth the trip IMO.