I'm putting together a new PC because I sold my old one when I migrated to Australia.
Basically I will use this machine for games and software development. I'll be using one 24" monitor and want to play the games at excellent quality settings @ 1920x1200. I've tried to set it up so that it should last a few years, and with the possibility of adding a videocard in the upcoming years.
Could you guys have a look at my selection below and let me know what you think?
Will you be burning bluray disks? A blu-ray reader would cost much less.
Gold rated editions of power supplies are pretty much unnecessary, even a silver rated version is adequate (but this is just my opinion). Better to go for a modular power supply like the HX series. Will save you some dough.
Rest is fine. Happy building!
The difference between the BluRay reader and writer is about $20. I might skip BluRay all together because I have a PS3. I'm not sure if PC games will start to move to BluRay (although most of it will probably be available on Steam).
I have looked at the HX750 which seems good as well. I think both are modulair, the AX model seems to generate a bit less heat. The shop sells the HX750 V2, which is $16 cheaper.
I was also wondering:
- Is this a good case for this system (not too small I hope )?
- Is there any benefit to get the Corsair R400 case (compared to R500)?
- Is this a good choice of videocard? Should I consider other brands, or > 2GB?
- Will the 7870 series suffice or should I look at 79xx?
After looking at the benchmarks online I've decided to still go for a Radeon HD 7870. Mostly I play games like Guild Wars 2 and the hardware should be sufficient for that. I didn't change the PSU because it was very well priced. I found an even cheaper BluRay player / DVD-CD writer. I removed the Thermal Compound, because the one included with the cooler seems to be quite good.
Thanks everybody. The system runs very well at 30C (at 3.7/3.8Ghz), Windows boots in a blink of an eye and my games look great.
Below is the updated part list, with US prices (PCPartPicker didn't list all parts in Australia):