Hello everyone, I'm new here at the Tom's Hardware website. And I'm building a new Computer and i was really wanting your help to get the best out of my budget, i think so far i have done really well with my budget but this is what i have.
Budgets - $2500
Intel core i7 3770k ($335.00)
Motherboard: MSI z77 Mpower ($199.00)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Red CMZ16GX3M4X1866C9R 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 ($125.00)
Graphics cards: Gigabyte Radeon HD7970 GHz Edition 3GB x2 (Crossfire) ($958.00)
Windows: Windows 7 64-bit ($99.00)
Case: Aerocool X-Predator Case Evil Blue Edition (169.00)
CPU cooler: Coolermaster seidon 120M Liquid Cooling Solution ($89.00)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHES312 12X Blu-Ray DVD Combo Drive ($55.00)
Wireless adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 450Mbps Wireless N PCIe Adaptor ($49.00)
Power supply: OCZ Technology ZX Series 1250W Power Supply ($219.00)
Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Green 2TB WD20EARX ($99.00)
Build cost: ($99.00)
All of this is being Built on PC Case Gear.
Total cost of $2491.00
Get an i5 3570k.
then get the asrock extreme4 and you will also get free ram, so you won't need to buy that either. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Go with an 800watt psu, that will probably be overkill even.
Also, Do you really need 450mbps wifi? I haven't ever heard of wifi above 100mbps. Look at the edimax nano. It's only downfall is that it doesn't have the longest range, but I can get a signal from my basement when my modem is at on the second story. Also, I don't see why you would need to get a $170.
^Yep. I didn't even bother to move my optical drive over into my new rig - I just put another input fan in three bays. (It's kinda ghetto/badass looking, hanging by wire.)
That being said, this is a silly waste of money - you get NO better performance out of this than you would out of a $1500 computer.
Before you say "But it's future proofing" or such like that, let me point out two things:
1) You don't get any better performance. (About 2 frames a second.) So why bother?
2) There's no such thing as future proofing.* It's way, WAY better to buy a computer now for less, and upgrade down the road. That way after X number of years, you'll have a still-good computer that's only X/2 years old, instead of 4, 5, 6, years old. You'll be able to sell the parts for more, and you'll be happier with your computing experience.
*In pretty much any situation. The places where it exists are where technology is much, MUCH slower. Buying a good case or extra fans, for example, never hurts. Nor does a sound card if you're an audiophile, a good wifi card if you need it, or a quality monitor.
Well Only reason I'm getting that HDD is because it was cheap and I already have a SSD which i am transferring into this pc along with a 1Tb & a 3TB HDD. so this 2Tb will just be a storage drive with my 3TB.