Let me start out by saying I've never built a pc before, at least not from the ground up. I've changed the parts completely about 5 times hence the name but I think I've finally settled on what I think to be a good build. Now preferably I'd like the system to be as cheap as it can be, but I can work with around a $700 budget. If at all possible I'd like a system that can handle the system requirements for games coming out in the next 2 years. I would appreciate any advice or suggestions as to how to maximize my cost to performance ratio. All parts included on this build were found using NewEgg.
Here's what I have so far:
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $64.99
Antec NEO ECO 620W Continuous Power Supply $29.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 2 X 4 (8GB) @1600 $47.99
MSI Z77A-G41 $84.99
Intel Core i5-3470 $199.99
HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB $199.99
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM (HDD) $79.99
various other peripherals and OS ~$120.00
Total(Tax and shipping included): $967.12
Hi. That build looks good. You can save money with an H77 motherboard. That PSU doesn't come with a power cord but you may already have one. I've compiled a modified build below but feel free to make changes as you'd like.
First of all thanks for the response. That price breakdown link is great, I'll definitely get some good use out of that. About the psu, I had no idea that it didn't come with a power cord but I think that its still a great unit for the price and the cord probably won't be much more. I do have a question about the mobo. I'm fairly interested in the idea of OC and from what I've read the h77 chipset doesn't really support it very well. Although at the same time I feel like I probably wouldn't see much of a performance increase gamewise since the processor is most likely already more powerful than is needed for the 7870. The case looks great for the money although I'm a little concerned about the dimensions. The 7870 that I plan on buying is enormous. I've read a number of reviews where people could not fit it into their cases. Aside from the fact that it performs as well or better than most of the other 7870 cards (info gotten off of benchmarks here on tom's) it is also $50 off at the moment which is why I wanted to get it in the first place.
So I guess my two questions are: Would my system benefit at all from OC the processor (in other words going with the z77 chipset), and do you think that the 7870 would still fit into the Corsair 200R ATX?
The processor won't bottleneck your graphics card. Will your system benefit? Well I doubt overclocking will get you less performance let's just say. But how much (or little) more and whether it's worth the money over your budget is up to you. Also remember that you may need an aftermarket cooler if you are going to overclock. Which HD 7870 are you looking at? The Corsair 200R has "room for cards up to 430mm long (300mm with drive cage)" so I'm sure it should accommodate any card while the Antec Three Hundred Two supports graphics card length up to 12.5” (318mm). I suggest reading reviews to help you decide; here's one: http://techreport.com/review/23965/corsair-carbide-seri... Another case around the same price point to consider: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...