Hello and well met, I built my own PCs while in the army, my last gaming rig I built 4 years ago before I got out, and its still running strong but I'm missing out on some new tech that I would like to partake on (SSDD USB 3.0). I came up with some specs randomly on Newegg then came to these forums to make sure i'm not over or under doing it. Suffice to say that I'm out of touch with what is necessary, overkill, or underkill.
In military fashion I will follow the prescribed format for a request.
Approximate Purchase Date: Jan-Mar 2013
Budget Range: $2000 or around that
System Usage from Most to Least Important: #1 PC gaming, Counterstrike, TF2, Battlefield 3, Skyrim with 115+ mods (enb, textures, etc..), MMORPGS (Rift, Guildwars 2, Future releases), #2 Video Streaming myself and watching streams (LoL, Smite) #3 Video Encoding for HTPC (seperate machine) Most times Dual Monitor watching streams and Gaming.
Parts Not Required: Do not need Bluray (HTPC covers media). Do not trust RAID
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg > Amazon > Tigerdirect
THE Country:United States of America
Parts Preferences: Specs I produced that seem to be off of consensus: Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X $199 | CPU I7 3770 - $299 | Mobo ASRock Z77 - $135 | PSU CORSAIR TX Series $109 | Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) $92
Graphics GTX 670 $399 |Games HDD OCZ Vertex 4 250gb - $219 | OS HDD OCZ Vertex 4 120 - $118 | OS Win 7 Pro - $139
I'm not attached to any of the above specs that's just what I randomly came up with
Overclocking: I Prefer to stick with prescribed specifications and tolerances so no OC
SLI or Crossfire: will use dual graphics cards eventually but want to buy 2 nice cards 1 at a time so initially just 1.
Monitor Resolution:Have an 24" LED at native 1080p and a second DELL 24" also at 1080p to match. They are capable of more.
Additional Comments: I need a MOBO that supports case USB 3.0s and a case that has USB 3.0s. The VRAM has to be 2gb or greater because of the skyrim mods.
Just put the case you like, and a single 256GB SSD, like the crucial M4, in my opinion it's better than the one you had in mind, the psu supports two 670 gtx without worries and it's modular, also a mobo with SLI support, it's probably the asrock you had in mind.
You can drop the cooler if you don't want to overclock, and add this i7 : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SZ0EHE/?tag=pcpapi-20
Also with a good 670 GTX, the MSI PE :
@Django : looking into your specs as we type the reasoning behind two hard drives is my habit to put the OS on its own drive so a catastrophic loss wouldnt require complete reinstall of everything. However with steam and digital downloads as they are nowadays its not a huge deal.
@Darksable : Absolutely want a full ATX ill make sure before I buy, 750W for future SLI, And 90% of the time I buy EVGA cards (looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). The 16GB is actually to play around with RAMDISK which is also the reasoning behind gaming on SSDs the load times I am trying to beat. Both MMOs and Heavily Modded skyrim load times can be drastically reduced by SSDDs or so I read. The professional is for XP Mode, Windows Server Domain and Remote Desktop Server.
@Plasma : The 7970s better for my purposes in SLI or would 2 GTX 670s be better?
I have taken some of your advice and came up with this spec.
I would like your guys input on it. I know there's a lot of speculation on the need for a 4gb Video card but you have not seen my 100+ modded Skyrim with every graphical improvement and setting I can possibly throw at it.
There is no case listed because i'm pondering on waiting for the NZXT Phantom 630 to be released in Feb.