My current gaming rig(alienware aurora 3 years and 2 months old) is bothering me cause can't play any games anymore it's bsod every time I start a game so my on hold building gaming rig is not on hold anymore by Saturday I'm driving to Microcenter and will buy all parts there since I'm near a Microcenter and if any parts fails I can easily replace at store.
I want highest FPS and quality overall for my 24" LED Samsung 1920x1080 resolution.
Here is what I built directly from Microcenter website:
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 $229.99
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU $29.99 (Not going for very high OC maybe 4.0 or 4.2 Ghz max)
MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel $129.99
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW $224.99
Storage: Barracuda 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 3.5" $84.99
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Series 16GB DDR3-1600 $99.99
GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 FTW Superclocked 2048MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card $399.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650M 650 Watt High Performance Modular Power Supply $119.99 $99.99 after rebate
DVD: Asus 24x Internal DVDRW SATA Writer $29.99
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower ATX Gaming Computer Case $99.99
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit OEM (PC) $94.99
Total: $1,544.89 + tax $92.69 = $1,637.58
I'm new to this as this is my 1st build but reading here for so long I believe this build should run all games at highest setting.
That said I still want to be sure if this is a good build from Microcenter and all parts can work together and there will be no issues performance wise.
If you think that with a budget of $1200-$1600 can get a better build from Microcenter please post here so I can see. Few things though I wouldn't go for an AMD CPU or AMD GPU. Also I wouldn't go for a Nvidia lower then GTX 670 so only options are GTX 670 or GTX 680.
I don't need monitor/keyboard/mouse/speakers just the tower and operating system.
My main game which I will be playing 90% of the time is Final Fantasy 14 Online: A Realm Reborn and will be using Ventrillo/Mumble/TeamSpeak + Fraps + Internet Browser + Music + Game all at the same time so that's why I went with i7 and 16GB RAM if you think i5+8GB RAM can handle all those programs open at all times I will be playing then suggest them. I'm not sure if I can run 5-6 programs at all times with a CPU that everyone here states it's for gaming, cause it's not just gaming it's few programs there that actually can slow a PC down a lot like fraps for example.
Thanks for the replay but as I mentioned above only GPU I am considering are nvidia ones I have a msi twin frizr 3 6950 right now and can't play a single game it crashes every time, I am not buying amd cards again.
Also I'm going to microcenter to pick up all parts this Saturday so I'm not looking to buy from newegg or tiger direct.
would like to add a better cooling system but microcenter is very limited and the Xigmatek Gaia that is suppose to be cheaper is actually priced higher at microcenter.
(gaia is pretty much has the same performance as the evo but is more silent and usually costs less)
Shame you can't go before saturday, Microcenter is having all kinds of promotions for its "Build Your Own PC" month. In particular $ 50 off a mobo when you buy a i5-3570K, as well as many discounts and rebates that end this month. That is why I built mine this past weekend. Also they are giving a great discount when you by the processor on the best SSDs right now from Samsung.
I think you only loose the $ 50 off the mobo if you get the I-7.
Thanks everyone as above poster mentioned the promotion ends tomorrow so I'm buying later on tonight. I'm going for the promotion CPU + mobo $50 less so I'm going for i5-3570k 8gb ram and gigabyte gtx 670.