Looking to build my first PC, little nervous and need some advice since I am indeed a beginner. Excited to learn though so any help, be it component advice or advice on the physical building part of this, would be gratefully recieved
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video editting+rendering, 3d modelling, media playing, other graphics work, usually a multitasking combination of those.
Are you buying a monitor: Maybe
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I dislike buying online so ideally Amazon, but I will likely got with Newegg in the end. I can trust them right?
Location: London, UK
Parts Preferences: NOT AMD. I am aware there are some possibly cheaper AMD graphics cards I could go for, but I have had a horrible time with them on my current laptop and previous desktop. I am going NVIDIA.
SLI or Crossfire: If you think that would be better, I am open to it.
Your Monitor Resolution: Atm I have 2 1680x1050 screens but I may or may not upgrade those, largely depending on price I guess.
Additional Comments: I am aware of workstation graphics cards and that they are better suited for 3d modelling, and I considered going down that route for my renderings / modeling needs, but since my modelling is limited and I do want to game and GTX cards should handle Adode products fine, I am going with that.
Also please note, I dont really want to overclock and I am looking for a system that will by and large not require me to do much to it. I.E. I want it to last, not to buy a cheap component that is going to fail after a year.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My 3 year old laptop just isnt up to anything anymore. I can game on lowest settings at about 25 FPS till it overheats, it renders slowly, 3d models slooowly and is very limited, I dual screen with it and it doesnt much enjoy that, its just generally not up for any graphics intensive task which is all I use it for be it work or play and my god does it overheat (yes I got it a cooling stand). I cant run more than 30 mins doing anything without its stand
Thanks in advance!
This is what I came up with so far, mostly by looking at the "Intel-Based High-End system" Poll that is stickied, and reading some existing posts.
- For gaming you don't need an i7 or 16 GB RAM. You could get 8 GB (2x4GB) and the i5 3570k and have essentially the same performance.
- That's way too much PSU for your build. 750W would easily power that and have tons and tons to spare.
- Consider going with the 7970 Ghz edition for that much money, or get a 4 GB 670 and save some cash, since it's not far behind the 680 performance-wise.
Thanks JMer. Yeah I read that i5 wasnt needed for gaming, but was recomended for workstation builds. I know this is not a workstation build, but I will be using it for rendering / modelling, which is why I put it in. Still this i5 is enough though?
I'll look into the 4gb 670, but I am not going AMD as I mentioned in my post ^_^
Are you gaming on a single monitor? A 2GB 670 will max out any game out there. (My fairly overclocked 670 maxxes pretty much any game at 120fps.) I'd get an overclockable CPU and a cooler, but that's just me. (Also, I do a bit of 3d rendering as a hobby, and my i5-3570k doesn't feel slow at all. Up to you.)
Don't get a 840 non-pro SSD, by the way. They're made with a crappy form of NAND, and aren't reliable nor fast. If you want the best on the market, it's the 840 pro - if you want value, get the OCZ Vertex 4. (And yes, it's reliable.)
Even if you have the money to spend, why not pocket it rather than spend it? Buying a blu-ray drive really isn't going to get you any benefit - you'd probably rather watch blu-ray on your TV anyways, and they're way overpriced.
I thought about a 2GB graphics card, and I think it might do me fine for my current usage, but I would rather got a little overboard on if than in 3 months regret my choice when I want to do something new.
I'll consider the blu-ray. I dont have a TV so my PC is the only place I'd watch them, but perhaps you're right.
The other thing I meant to ask is about Sound Cards. I know nothing about them.. do I need one, is it of use?
No need for a sound card. These days onboard sound is quite good, and sound card quality varies a lot.
If you're doing heavy rendering and such, the i7 3770k and 16 GB RAM can be necessary. If it's just a hobby thing though, with not too much overall usage in that area, I would say that you can save the money. However, it's obviously your money and you can spend it how you want
I would say though to get an aftermarket cooler. If you're not planning to overclock now or want to overclock just a bit, definitely go with air cooling. The Noctua D14 is huge and heavy, but it's the best air cooler out there, pretty much. The Hyper 212 Evo is a good cooler at a good price (<$50), so I'd recommend that one.
Animation/multimedia is what I study at uni so its not just a hobby. Primarily I do after effects and not so much with the 3d, and I do have access to proper workstation computers at uni, which is why I didnt go for a full workstation build (and I need to game! ). I think I'll leave the i7 and RAM because I really dont want to have to change things later.
I think I will add in the Hyper 212. I really dont want my PC overheating for the same reason above^^
Thanks again for your help, I think I am going with this then.