Hi all, long time lurker, now thinking of doing my first build. Have been on an HP Pavilion Elite 480t which seemed fine until now but I basically want to build just because I've become convinced of the advantages of homebuilt systems and it seems like something fun to do.
I plan to run 3 1080p monitors and play games like SC2 and D3 across all 3 monitors (yes, I know the challenges and limited benefit but i just play for fun so don't really care). I also will do some Photoshop, etc. Not initially planning on overclocking, probably, but that will be the first thing I consider once I get it up and running. Will also consider adding a second video card as an upgrade maybe next year or whenever it seems like I need/want it.
Price isn't a huge concern but I also want to be able to upgrade whenever I feel like it so don't want to overspend on my initial build. If there is big benefit to spending more, though, I'm willing to do that.
if there is a microcenter in you area you can pick up that 3570k and an extreme4 (or extreme6) as a bundle deal. pay less for both and get $40 off. otherwise that looks great, really close to my set up!
I'd say stick with the GPU you have, I have the exact same one (overclocked mine to 1Ghz no problem). get a 3570K, plenty fast for any game! you won't notice a difference with the i7. as far as a 128 vs 256, get what you can afford. I have a 120gb an it's filling up (I find it difficult to stop EVERYTHING from installing onto the SSD...) just make sure you have a data drive for games and what not.
What's better about the case, motherboard and the optical drive? And why did you change the memory? I agree that the PS, SSD and cooler look better, thanks. And you downgraded the OS from Pro to non-Pro version, btw. Think I'll stick with the Pro.
The Antec P280 is one of the best cases on the market.
Its build quality is great, the combination of silence and high airflow is amazing and it has a lot of room.
This motherboard, unlike the Extreme4 does not have PWM overheating issues and it's just better overall.
The optical drive can burn a veriety of DVD formats faster than the one you chose.
And finally you probably don't need the PRO version of Windows. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/co...
Windows 8 is also cheaper and runs a bit faster.
If the new UI bothers you, there are mods out there that make it work just like the one in Windows 7.
You're right, I dont need pro, thanks. Unfortunately, I dont really like how the P280 looks. So I'm looking at the Corsair 550D, 600T, and 650D, I guess. I just like how they look better. Any thoughts on those (or similar)?
And from further research, the 612 seems basically identical to the EVO (or even to the + since I dont need the 2011 socket) so I dont see much reason to spend double to upgrade the cooler. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but this conclusion is from reading forums and from checking the comparison on the manufacturer website.
Are there any major differences between the 3 I'm looking at? I would have picked the 600T, probably, but the weird USB3.0 cabling thing is a big turn off. Will I notice/care about that when I'm up and running?
Assuming the 600T is good, and from all I hear it's awesome, this will be my final build. Will probably pull the trigger over the next day or two. Thanks, all, for the help -- I'm really excited for my first build now.