Approximate Purchase Date: Within next 2 weeks
Budget Range: $500 Before Rebates; After Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)
Are you buying a monitor: No, for now
Parts to Upgrade: CPU, mobo, RAM
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com
Location: Birmingham, AL
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
Overclocking: Yes / Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: No idea why my old build won't boot - troubleshooting done with great care including breadboarding, but no use. Also, I want to get a real quadcore this time...!
Additional Comments: I am going to build a new system, and this time I want to build a system with a small footprint - it needs to be capable of moderate gaming. The system I think I want is here -
2. Is the case big enough for a standard size video card? I already have a XFX 6770 which is what I plan to use. I could not find it on pcpartpicker, so I chose the Asus 6770 just to give you guys an idea of the power consumption I need so I can get an accurate answer for #1
3. Also, is the case big enough for the CM hyper212 plus cooler?
plenty more cheaper ones that'll still do a good job. go for Antec, corsairs, seasonics, XFX, and PCP&P brands.
why'd you need a second ODD when your BR drive can read/write DVD/CDs as well?
you should have a fair bit saved up to be able to afford a 7850, maybe a 660/7870, for an improved gaming performance. otherwise, as nice as an SSD is, feel free to skip it to spend more on a GPU. i'd focus more on performance than load times, personally.
I want it to be modular since I am worried about space constraints with a micro-ATX build.
As for overclocking, while I don't want to do it just yet, it is surely something I want to do when the CPU is older before I want to upgrade again. So I will look at other motherboards.
W.r.t the 6770, the Hyper 212 plus, the SSD and the second OD - I already have them all from my current build, so I will not need to buy them. That is why I have included them in the build. Once I have enough saved up for a 7850 that is the route I intend to go.
Again, thanks for all the comments guys. Hope you can stick with me through this until I finish my build..! Just my second one, so I would really like some more experienced hands helping me out.
So this is what I went with in the end, all from newegg
CPU - i5 3570k - $200
MoBo - ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 mATX mobo - $129
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 - free with mobo
(also have a couple of 4 GB Samsung DDR3 MV-3V4G3/US modules) - $33
PSU - OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular - $50 AR
Case - Rosewill LINE-M Micro-ATX Mini Tower - $40 (mainly for the 2 USB 3 front ports)
Overall cost - $452 AR with Shipping & no taxes.
Video card - XFX Radeon HD 6770 (my old card, will wait to get a better card)
Cooler - Stock for now. Anyone with inputs as to what cooler would fit this build is welcome to suggest ideas. Maybe it will fit my hyper 212 plus, in that case I don't need another cooler.
Hopefully this will be a good build.
Question is - what do I do with my old build? I have never done ebay or craigslist selling before, and I don't know anyone that will want these parts I now have.
@songoku.. I know....! I just got that PSU because it was a good price on a decent modular PSU (with the rebate factored in). Everything else seemed unreliable (Raidmax, Coolmax etc), had way too low power on the 12V rail(s), or seemed really inadequate at 300-400W leaving me no headroom should I ever want to OC/SLI/CF/ or upgrade.
And I am positive right now that except for minor upgrades (the GPU, more storage etc), and product failures (hope not..!) I will be keeping this one for the next 5 years. So all said and done I feel OK with having gone a bit over my budget.
Thanks for all the advice - I will look into those classifieds after troubleshooting what caused my old PC to fail - I suspect it was my PSU. With the new PSU I hopefully will be able to sort that out.