This is my first attempt at building my own computer, so any and all advice would be really appreciated.
Thanks a lot!
Approximate Purchase Date: Late December.
Budget Range: $1400 after rebates and shipping.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (almost exclusively).
Are you buying a monitor: Yes.
Parts to Upgrade: Starting from scratch, so...all of them?
Do you need to buy OS: Yes.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference, but I do live near a Micro Center.
Location: Massachusetts, USA.
Parts Preferences: (see build below)
Overclocking: I'd like it to be an option.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe eventually.
Your Monitor Resolution: Trying to go for 1920x1080.
Additional Comments: I picked a 750W PSU to have the option of a second video card later on. My desk will only fit a 21.5" monitor max, so I unfortunately can't go bigger than that. I added in the NZXT fan at the bottom to use as a front intake.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I've been using a laptop for gaming for years, and I'm sick of running everything on the lowest settings.
Win8 is a hassle to deal with, with all of its bloatware and such. i recommend torrenting it, try it first and if you do no like it get win 7. even if it is cheaper than win7 i would stay away from something like it.
get i5 3570k+ASrock extreme4(might be sold out so another option is Gigabyte ud3h)
that should be around the $300 area for that combo
I don't buy $130 motherboards as i tend to find they skimp in areas or cut corners Your build looks good i have a few thing to tell you prime example:
The Z77 Extreme4 can be purchased for as little as $130. Taking a look at the current availability of Intel Z77 motherboards at popular retailers confirms that this motherboard is an absolute bargain and I would say – if you are on a tight budget then give this board some consideration, you should certainly consider it.
The only negative I have for this motherboard is that it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex.That's not really a big deal to some for me it's the principle i don't want to pay money for something like that i rather pay more for a flawless board with some extra features.PSU - If you plan to just run one GPU then I would only go with 550W. If you plan on doing more than one SLI then go 750W.
Thanks for the advice. I'll try out Windows 8 first, and I actually can't get a larger screen, although I wish I could. I'll probably mostly use it for Guild Wars 2.
That motherboard also just went on sale for $105 on Newegg, which is pretty appealing. I'll keep the size in mind though, thank you for pointing that out. Is there any drawback to having an excessive PSU, other than obviously paying a bit more? I wanted to leave the option open for adding another GPU somewhere down the line, but probably not for a while.