It's my first post, so please be gentle!
After a lot of research I've decided to ask advice from the forum.
I'm looking to build a decent general purpose / gaming machine to last me several years.
I'm a family man, so cost is an issue, but I don't really have a set budget.
I'm more concerned with longevity, my current rig is an Inspiron 530, (I know, I know...) and about 5 yrs old.
Here are the parts I'm looking at so far...
Intel Core i5-3570(K) (3rd GEN) BX806237i53570K Processor
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX
Corsair Vengeance CML16GX3M2A1600C10B 16GB Desktop Memory Module (2 X 8GB)
MSI HAWK Radeon HD 7870 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
Samsung SH-224BB/BEBE Internal 24X DVD Burner
I have a Western Digital 1 TB SATA Hard drive I'm going to move from my existing computer, and a Seagate 200 GB SATA drive to use also.
I haven't decided on a case yet.
I haven't decided on a power supply yet.
I would like advice on the combination of parts I've listed and any recommendations you could offer on a case and a power supply.
PCPartPicker lists the system at 380 watts, but I thought the GPU I have listed required a 550 watt PSU minimum...
Thanks in advance for any recommendations and/or opinions you can offer.
You have an overclocking setup with the k version CPU and the Z77 chipset motherboard. If you want to go this route, you need to get an aftermarket cooler. The Cooler Master 212 EVO is a good choice. That is a good choice for the GPU. You will enjoy the performance benefits of an SSD for OS and main apps.
I thought about that camohanna, but this HAWK edition for $249.99 is a steal. 3DMark11 has it trailing the 7950 by less than 1% in FPS. Remember, the HAWK is clocked at 1.1GHz compared to 800-900MHz for the 7950s.