Hi folks, I'm looking to build a mid grade gaming computer that can adequately play games with a 2560x1440 resolution. I currently have a late 2009 27 inch iMac I'll be leveraging for my display, and while I still enjoy using the computer for all of my other computing needs it's beginning to lag a bit too much for my taste with gaming performance (mostly due to the huge resolution, I think).
This is the first time I've ever built a computer from the ground up, and while I used to be pretty savvy with computers I haven't really touched one for 5 years, so I'm a bit rusty. I've done a fair bit of research prior to making this built, but as I'm surely going to miss some things I'm looking for some guidance as to how to get the most bang for my buck with this purchase. My main concern is making sure the computer performs well in my display's native resolution.
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Approximate Purchase Date: within a week Budget: $800 - $1000 after shipping (would prefer to not deal with rebates) System Usage: Gaming Primary, Coding/Modding Secondary Monitor Purchase: No Parts to Upgrade: Full Build OS Purchase: Yes (Looking to get Windows 8) Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon Location: NY, USA Parts Preferences: Intel Processor, not incredibly partial to anything else Overclocking: No SLI or Crossfire: No Monitor Resolution: 2560x1440
- I typically play StarCraft 2, Guild Wars 2, Civ V, and Skyrim - I want to make sure these games can run at the highest or almost highest settings
- Concerned the display resolution will require a more powerful computer than I'm looking to budget for
- At a friend's recommendation, I'm including a small SSD drive for OS and most resource intensive games and a regular HD for other games/storage
- While I don't mind spending up to $1000 on a rig, I wouldn't mind keeping the price around $800 if the additional cost doesn't really give me the best bang for my buck.
Reason for Upgrading: Want a gaming focused computer capable of playing my games at high/ultra quality with my display.
I know you said you didn't want to overclock but the 3570K is only $5-10 more than the 3570 and does provide more performance when overclocked. If you do decide to go for the 3570k, you will need a Z77 board, the Asrock Z77 Extreme4 is excellent for the price.
If you still don't want to overclock, get rid of the cooler, the stock one will be fine for stock clocks.
As for the rest it all looks fine, however you could save a bit on the case. So long as it has good airflow and the features you need, go for the cheapest one you like and spend the money elsewhere
Oh, almost forgot. You will need a higher wattage power supply. I know it only says the computer will need under 400w, I would recommend at least a 500w. This is if you do want to upgrade your GPU, add more HDDs etc, you will have enough power.
Now, this is an improved build. I'll run you through the changes and why I made them. The 3570k is an excellent CPU and can be overclocked quite easily to 4.2Ghz with the Coolermaster Hyper 212EVO and the Asrock Extreme4. I changed the ram to Gskill ripjaws because they are so common and have be proven to be great value for money, though feel free to swap it back to the ram you selected. The power supply had to be changed, 400w was not nearly enough. The case I put in is the one you selected, I would personally get a cheaper one and save some money. I threw windows 8 in there also, though be aware that not all games will run as well on 8 as they did on 7.
Hope I've helped, if you have any questions let me know.
if your not going to overclock save some money and get the 3470 or 3350p instead of the 3570. no need for the cpu cooler and put that money into a ssd and gpu. you could also get a 660ti instead of the 7950.
for a low overclock all you do is change the multiplier to 42 and its running at 4.2GHz. if you want a higher overclock then that its a little more involved but nothing you wouldn't be able to figure out.