Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

New Years Build! Looking for wisdom.

Last response: in Systems
Share
December 17, 2012 8:53:13 AM

Howdy,

I will start by saying I haven't built a system in at least 6 years. I used to do it a lot but then I had kids. I am looking to build a quality system on a budget. I would like to build in some future proofing (as futile as it may be). I am looking at z77, crossfire/sli compatible (for future use), over-clocking compatible (again not now but in the future perhaps), and USB 3.0. There is actually a very low chance I would ever over-clock as I have never done it before but I thought having the option might help future proof the system a bit. Maybe I am wrong. I also didn't include the parts I already have. (additional storage, monitors, keyboard, mouse)

Primary uses: Gaming - League of Legends, Civ V, Battlefield, anything that goes on sale via Steam.
Secondary uses: Then all the usual, web browsing, email, Microsoft office, making YouTube videos, etc.

My build so far:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.67 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.48 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Corsair Force Series GT 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($168.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cougar SolutionAF-2 (Green/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.14 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.25 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1032.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-17 05:47 EST-0500)

Overall I am happy were the price is. What I need help with is whether or not everything is optimal for its price range? Are these quality parts? Am I spending money in the right places? Please share your wisdom with me. I am not up to date on my hardware. I spent a couple days researching and making this list but I need you pros to give it a once over before I bust out the credit card.

Thanks for taking the time to look it over, even if you don't respond.
Mike

More about : years build wisdom

December 17, 2012 9:06:10 AM

Nice build, but if your budget allows, go for radeon 7870.
Other than that, all looks good.
m
0
l
December 17, 2012 10:47:29 AM

Agreed. Good build. Impressive stuff if you've been out of the loop so long especially considering some of the shambles builds coming from long time members.
m
0
l
!