I'm looking to build a new computer to replace my 5 year old Inspiron 530.
I enjoy gaming and it just doesn't have the GPU to handle any of the newer games.
To upgrade the graphics in it I'd need to purchase a new Motherboard anyway, so why not refresh all the main components?
Cost is an issue, but I'm more concerned with building something with quality and longevity in mind.
I'm considering 2 builds, one using the H77 chipset, and one using the Z77.
I've never overclocked anything before, the Intel core 2 duo 2.8MHz I'm currently running seems to have plenty of power, so I'm not sure if it's worth the money to go the Z77 route.
Anyway, here are the questions from the template, and below that, the components I'm considering for the two builds.
Please offer advice and constructive criticism where needed.
Thanks in advance for your feedback!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of February/ Beginning of March 2013
BUDGET RANGE: Not Set… See Above
SYSTEM USAGE: Gaming and General Use
BUYING A MONITOR: Not at this point, but possibly in the future
PARTS TO UPGRADE: Everything EXCEPT OS and Hard Drives. I have a copy of Windows 7 I can use, and I have 2 SATA hard drives I will move from my current computer.
PREFERRED WEBSITE: Tiger Direct or Newegg
LOCATION: Milwaukee, WI
PARTS PREFERENCE: None except Intel processor.
SLI or CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future as a way to stay current???
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1680 X 1050, possibly larger in the future.
The MSI motherboard has dual PCIe 3.0 slots for the future CrossFire if you so choose. Went with a 750W PSU so you don't have to upgrade that later for CrossFire. Chaged the case to 200R but the Volant is good for the price. Upped the GPU to 7950 which is a beast if you want to overclock it. Added an SSD for your OS and games/apps. Your build is good but since this was "open budget", I tried to shoot for $1000.