Hi all, I'm new to the whole building PC business and wanted to try my hand at creating an afforadble build so that I'm not totally blown out of cash but can still run games relatively well.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next week (January 27th - February 2nd)
Budget Range: ($500-$750) This is somewhat strict, a confidence margin of ~$15
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music, Movies, Workstation
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: None/From scratch
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter, then Newegg, then Amazon
Parts Preferences: Intel motherboard, processor and Nvidia graphics cards
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution:1600 x 900 (20 inch)
Additional Comments:I would like a quiet PC, fan noise kept to a minimum. I would prefer also not have AMD/Radeon video cards. The reason I prefer Microcenter is because I live near one and I have had a history of dead-on-arrival parts coming in from Amazon.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Laptop got gimped with windows 8 after a hard drive crash and no money was available. Also the graphics chipset in the motherboard got damaged, so my laptop basically runs on an integrated chipset that is not meant for Windows 8 at all.
I've looked at some parts and I've picked some out. Prices vary between Microcenter/Newegg/Amazon so the whole total fluctuates.
Hi. That's not a bad build but you're spending too much on the motherboard and graphics card. You don't need a Z77 motherboard since you're not looking to overclock the processor and that processor can't be overclock. Dual channel RAM is better yet cheaper. You can get by with the GTX 650 Ti 1GB at that resolution because you may only benefit from 2GB at 1920 x 1080 and above. At the current prices the 2GB version are going for and given your budget you might as well get the GTX 660. If you want a quiet PC, the Fractal Define R4 is a quiet case that you might consider. Feel free to make changes as you'd like.
Yes, I am not planning on overclocking as I have no idea what that's all about and I don't want to break hardware. The 2x4 GB sticks makes sense to be cheaper than 1x8, but why is it better?
I did not know that the resolution has to be higher than 1920x1080 to benefit from the 2 GB in the graphics card, thank you, I'll note that.
The Fractal Define R4 seems like a good case as well to consider, thanks.
My main concern, however, is the motherboard. The one you linked instead of the Intel one I proposed (AsRock H77M Micro ATX) has had problems of being dead on arrival as well as just plain loud with boot failures. Lots of people have complained that the motherboard has problems recognizing RAM too. I don't understand what's so good about this motherboard as opposed to a cheaper Intel one.
Well in theory it should provide more bandwidth and thus give you the maximum performance. In the real world it may not be such a big difference. As for the motherboard the same holds true for every brand out there. I see that the Intel motherboard is listed for $152.99 on Amazon which is much more expensive than the $69.99 ASRock motherboard. Like I've said you're free to make changes to the build and go with a different motherboard that you may prefer instead but you shouldn't need to spend that much money. Any H77 motherboard would be sufficient.
The intel motherboard costs over $100 more than the H77, unless I'm missing something. If your not over clocking, the z77 is not worth the money and the h77 was a good call. As for the problems with the board, I haven't a clue, I'm not familiar with this board. You could always go with a different motherboard...