Hello, I have been meaning to build a computer for quite some time now and have finally decided to start ordering some parts. However, I have been been out of the loop for awhile now and wanted to get feedback on a budget friendly mini itx system.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within 48-72 hours
Budget Range: ~800ish
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 1080p Gaming, Streaming HD, Playing high-resolution media (.mkv) to TV
Are you buying a monitor: No, will be using LG50PA5500 Plasma TV
Parts to Upgrade: Need everything except KB/MOUSE/OS
Do you need to buy OS: Yes / No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg/NCIX
Location: Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Parts Preferences: Intel, EVGA, Gigabyte, ASUS, Corsair
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080
Additional Comments: Main purpose is to play games like Skyrim, Guild Wars, Star Wars, Fallout at 1080p with good (50+ FPS) and would like some feedback on if this system will have issues doing that. Also, streaming high resolution and bit rate .mkv and other video files. Any suggestions or comments are appreciate. I really didn't want to spend much more than $800. I'm also unsure if I want to actually overclock or not, and I went with the Z77 vs H77 and 3570K instead ofthe 3570... I thought for the extra ~$40 to maybe overclock it would be worth it... but still might ditch it and save the extra money
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Hate XBOX controller, prefer keyboard and mouse so much more.
Hi, in my opinion for gaming you need a better card, for 1080p, the 650 ti is weak, you can put the i5-3470 for non overclocking more the h77 motherboard, and you get a better card like the 660 ti, which fits the case.
I was a bit hesitant about how well the 650 ti would handle some of the higher end games... does the 3470 run fine under load with just stock cooling? I do like your suggestion, but you forgot to add in any after market cooling - and since when I would be playing it would be for several hours at a time the heat concerns me.