I am in the market for a gaming rig. I would love to just get the core components so far and to future proof it a little (no such thing as future proofing with computers I know) I would like to play various games on steam, Bf4 whenever that may come out, Guild Wars 2, also used for school and such and watching videos online. What do people think of the list I have set up. I would like to build this myself with the help of my Uncle who has experience building computers (yet to ask him on this build thought I would go here first. I went to Pcpartpicker to select parts. This overkill for a system its right around the price range I would like to spend.
No need for Monitor I will use my Sony bravia tv, no mouse keyboard or keyboard needed.
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($144.84 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Go with the i5 3570k, the i7 will not provide you much in the way of future proofing if gaming is the primary use. Take the money saved there and upgrade to a GTX 670. You picked a set of triple channel RAM, you need dual channel (even number of sticks). You also probably do not need a sound card, onboard sound will be more than adequate. Also I would go with a cheaper HDD and an SSD, the raptor is not that helpful for gaming purposes (will speed up load times but it is not worth the cost and capacity to just get the raptor, a regular HDD and SSD is a much better route).
Get a bit higher wattage PSU then, stick with corsair though they are quality, and I still recommend the 670, in the future you can just stick another one in there and you will be back up to gaming speed.
I think it was only on the 660 but MSI had that whole over-volting scandal on their GPUs, I have trouble recommending their products now, at least until they do something to restore their image. I love my Gigabyte 670 and I have also heard lots of good things about the ASUS (the Gigabyte should be about the same price as the MSI, the Asus will be a little more expensive but is pretty high quality).
But for SLI you would need to change PSU to more powerful
So 8gb should be more than enough to have on the computer?
Stick with the i5 you have selected and go witht he 670 over 660. As recommended in another comment go with a Gigabyte or Asus graphic card avoid MSI correct?
I am trying to put together the complete list again on Pcpartpicker.
Budget 1500 or below (Doesn't mean I would want to spend the whole 1500 right off)
Gaming needs/Course work (course work is really nothing/ word/ powerpoint nothing jaw dropping)
Future dual cards wanted. So go with the 670's (Avoid Asrock) Higher Psu So something like and 800-850w? Corsair, Thermaltake, any other brand well known?
Another thing. I like the case I picked out, where does one get the color sleeving for the wires to make it more aesthetically pleasing. Preferably white (should I go with a black case with window, its another thing I am not sure on was cases, being my first build I would like one that somewhat flashy but not Tokyo Drift Flashy)