Hello all, I've decided to finally build my own desktop ($600-800) after being stuck with a near dying laptop for the past two years. I am building this machine mainly as a gaming computer and possibly some streaming, as well as my workstation for college (although I don't think I'll be running anything too intensive in Comp Sci). This is my first build, and although I've tried to research quite a bit, I know I'm not too familiar with all of the components. That being said, here is my planned setup so far:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
MoBo: ASUS P8Z77-V LK Intel Z77
Graphics card: Geforce GTX 560 or GTX 660 (See question 1)
HDD: WD Blue 500GB HDD
RAM: PNY 2x4GB 1333MHz
Power: Corsair CX600
Tower: Still deciding. Nothing fancy, just something with good ventilation.
Monitor: Definitely nothing above 1600x1200, most likely smaller
-I'm not going to run any integrated graphics so if there is a better CPU to grab in this regard please let me know.
-I'm also not taking my monitor into my budget.
-I am not planning to buy this immediately, probably will order this by summer.
A couple questions to run by you guys before I settle on this:
1) Obviously, is there any components that I have chosen that can be replaced with a cheaper/better alternative that i'm missing?
2) For the graphics card, would it be better to just buy the 2gb GTX 660 or get one 560 and save for another one to pair them? Is their a significant advantage to running dual 560's over one 660?
Any tips or advice would be awesome.
Thanks for the help guys.
(Sorry for no links, I can't get the html to work)
Anyways, if you need the build now, go for the 660, which is there to replace the 580, which in turn is two 560's.
Two 560's is around the same performance as a single 660, and the single 660 has less power, heat and no SLI bugs. Go for the 660, no doubt.
I would try and save for a 1920x1080 monitor at least, they don't cost too much, and its a world of difference over other lower resolution monitors.
I would also go for a 1TB drive, in most countries there is little difference in price between a 1TB and 500GB, most of the time around 10 dollars.
Also, go with a case with good airflow, and room to expand. It'll save you a money in the long run. I'm not saying go for a case like the HAF X, which is pure overkill for your build, but something like a Elite 430 from CM or a 500R from coolermaster are good.