My laptop is currently on it's last leg, and I've been anxious to move more towards PC gaming. So, I figure this is a great time to build my first PC, and to own my first desktop PC in about 10 years!
Primarily, I'd like to be able to play any game out there. WoW, Starcraft, Assassin's Creed, CoD, FFXIV (when re-released), are my primary interests. I'd prefer to be able to play on high settings, though medium settings wouldn't be so bad.
Of course I also want to be able to do most common tasks such as watching Netflix, Hulu, etc... Though I imagine that any quality gaming PC will be able to do basic tasks such as that. I also want to be able to stream all of this to my television, though I'm not even sure what hardware is related to that.
My ideal budget is $700-$800, though I can stretch it closer to $900 if the extra price jump is necessary, or just absolutely worth the money!
There's a few things I'm certain I want:
-At least 1TB hard drive (if not more)
-Optical Drive that can read Blu-Ray
-I definitely need a copy of Windows bundled in
-I'd like a case that allows me room to upgrade as I go along. Specifically to add in an SDD to put my OS on, and possibly other things in the future.
-This is my first home build, and while I'm great at following directions and finding online instructions, I'd prefer to avoid anything that adds unnecessary complication.
There's also things I'm not sure about, so if someone could explain these to me (especially if suggesting these things), that would be great:
-I've been leaning towards an i5, and a NVIDIA graphics card. I've heard that AMD can give you a better bang for your buck, but I'm curious what advantages AMD has?
-I'd like to be able to hook up a nice speaker set, as I pretty much constantly have music going in my house. Do I need a sound card?
-I'm a sucker for a bunch of connection options. Plenty of USB ports, HDMI, etc... I don't need this, and certainly don't want it if it raises the cost substantially, but it's always an added bonus.
-While it's not necessary, I would prefer a case that looks cool. I know it doesn't add functionality, but It'd be nice to have a case that is visually appealing.
I've been browsing PC builds on here for a while, and playing around with the PC Part Builder, but I could certainly use the input from those more experienced than me!
^^That is a great great great build^^ but since you are doing things other than just gaming as you said, I think maybe like an AMD FX-6300, or even an 8150 might be good. The 8150 performs just as well, sometimes better than the i5 3570k for $169. It also has 8 cores with multithreading, and it completely crushes the intel in things such as video editing, and image rendering times for things like Photoshop, Maya, or Cinema 4D. The intel great though! Also, you could save $10 getting a Zalman Z5 case. This case will also have much better airflow than the NZXT, and in my opinion, it looks better! Best of luch mate!
Thanks for the help! Took some of the advice, stretched my budget a bit and I think I'm going to go with an i5-3570 and a Radeon HD 7870. Would this be a good build? Also, am I missing anything? Any extra wires I'll have to pick up? I'm ready to pull the trigger on this today if it checks out okay.
You'll get the same performance with the i5-3350p and it's cheaper with lower power consumption.
I would get the Z75 pro 3 in newegg or amazon for just 7$ more, it has 4 dimm slots and it can oveclock the ram and cpu.
Also i'd get the source 220 in amazon, but if you want a white case, then stay with the elite 210.
Get the 7870XT, it's better than any standard 7870, it has more shaders, it's basically a 7930, you can get it in amazon : http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...