Hey, I frequent these forums a lot through random researching. And recently decided to make an account to ask this question and hopefully hang around some more, who knows.
Anyway, I'll be moving out soon as I'm joining the military, and can't bring my XBox. So I've decided to get more into PC gaming. But the laptop I have can barely run anything as it uses integrated graphics, and is a cheap laptop in general.
I used PC Part Picker and browsed these and other forums and created a build I think will work very well, though it did get quite expensive, which was sort of expected since I'm starting with absolutely zero parts.
My goal was to end it at about $1600 dollars or less, which I went over, ending up at $1865.
So any tips on lessening the cost, or anything really that you think would help is greatly appreciated.
Also, as of a few days ago, I knew practically nothing about PC parts, so I'm not 100% sure this build will even work, though Part Picker says no issues.
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg) (For cooling I had trouble decided what is and what isn't good, I chose a large tower so there is space, therefore less heat, but when it came to an actual system, I'm at a loss)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.52 @ NCIX US) (From what I've read, using an internal SSD to store the OS and other things will have the computer boot and load those things much faster. So I could like go smaller on the SSD, and just save OS and other essentials to that, and have everything else on the HDD?)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($354.98 @ Newegg) (I may add another video card later, depending on how everything works out. Though I haven't read anything on using multiple cards yet)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($124.00 @ Amazon) (When it came to sound cards I read a lot of forum posts across the internet, still haven't really figured them out, and eventually chose something I saw recommended a few times that seemed at a middle price)
Case: Azza Genesis 9000 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg) (I assume this is definitely large enough for this build, or to hold any modifications I may make in the future)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg) (PC Part Picker assumed 465W, so I decided to err on the safe side and go with a 650W, and went with what I've heard is a great brand. Unsure of if this choice works or makes sense though)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.20 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-K8100 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($55.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Cyborg R.A.T.7 Albino Wired Laser Mouse ($84.24 @ Amazon)
(These are other things I plan on purchasing with the build, I don't own a monitor or keyboard, and my current mouse is falling apart. I will not have TV so I went with a monitor with a screen much bigger than I'm used to because I will be watching movies/TV through my computer.)
Any suggestions/comments/whatever would be great. I won't be moving for another 2 months, and won't be settled at an actual place for another 2 months after that. But I want to build this computer beforehand, and work out any problems before I leave, so hopefully everything will be ready when I move.
-for a bit more there are way better coolers
-cheaper SSD. although i have one of those mushkin drives
-better video cards
-the sound card you chose is a scam
-do you seriously need a 120hz monitor?
-no. just no. dont bother with the keyboard and mice. another scam
-do you seriously need blu-ray
-look at my build recommendation. has all the recommendations
-ram hardly has any difference so get the cheapest one from a major ram maker like gskill, corsair, patriot, crucial and samsung. samsung ram is the best but it costs more compared to the kit im using
-128gb is the optimal
-the 670 is a better buy when it performs about equal and is 30 bucks cheaper
-thicker side panels, little flex, and good internal layouts = a better case. mine is also a quiet case with foam
-mine is not a little less. its a lot less
-barely? more like 40 bucks. plus, optical media is dying out
Oops, forgot to look at that monitor, and it does look like a good buy.
-And yeah might as well buy RAM from a better company, so i'll do that.
-Yeah 128gb is probably what i'd want out of the SSD anyway
-Still not 100% on the case, wouldn't thicker panels and foam mean less ventilation? Plus some noise doesnt bother me at all
-I definitely did not look at prices well when it came to blu ray.. granted this was at like 4am, definitely prefer your option