I am building a gaming pc for my son and would appreciate any help you could give me.
This is my first time building. I have put together a list and need to know if there any compatability issues.
I would also appreciate any thoughts on improving my proposed set up.
Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible.
Budget Range: €1000 not including shipping.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet and general PC usage.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: This is a complete new build.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Hardwareversand.de
Location: City, State/Region, Country - Dublin, Ireland.
Parts Preferences: Intel cpu and Nvidia 660 gti gpu.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Batman Arkham City, Skyrim etc.
You have actually made quite good choices, nothing wrong with the components.
Only thing is the network card, the motherboard has that capability built in, no need for a dedicated NIC unless you have some kind of home NAS server.
Also you said maybe to the Crossfire/SLI, the mobo can support it but the PSU isnt strong enough for two cards. if you want to ensure Crossfire/SLI capability later on, you will want to upgrade to a 750W PSU like this. http://lb.hardwareversand.de/700+-+800+Watts/46160/Cors...
It would be more difficult than adding in a HDD down the line.
Primary reason for an SSD is to have the OS on it for faster booting and general operation. If you put the OS on a HDD and get an SSD later, you can move the OS to the SSD, but its better to just have a fresh install. Which means you will basically be back to square one when you do, will have to re-install and set up everything.
Maybe get the SSD now, then put on a HDD later. Use an external drive for mass storage or just be very limited in what you put on the machine until you can get the HDD.
-i added a stronger GPU so the build can last longer in terms of power
-650W from seasonic OEM to allow for SLI(adding a second GPU in the future)
-left over room is for your wireless card
-added an SSD for fast speeds while inside budget
-added a stronger CPU cooler to allow for high overclocks(can be turned to the
-hyper 212 evo if wanting to save money/won't overclock that high)
-Added HAF XM which is pretty much the smaller version of the HAF series, will provide user friendly things such as cable management while giving high airflow
Thanks for the help guys.
Off I go to do more research.
I will never build it at this rate, but want to make it as good as I can for the money available.
Great forum for total beginners like me.