Future Proofed Budget Build - Need some Advice!

Approximate Purchase Date: March or April


Budget Range: Less than or around 1500 Before Rebates; Before Shipping


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching movies, browsing web.


Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: New Build


Do you need to buy OS: No



Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg


Location: Iowa, United States


Parts Preferences: Intel Based CPU, Nvidia EVGA Graphics


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: No


Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050


Additional Comments: I would like to call this rig a "Budget, Future Proof, Rig" I would like for this machine to last 4-5 years again, but with the lowest budget possible. Any advice for parts other than what I have listed below, or any sort of advice at all, I would appreciate it!


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Haven't built a machine in 5 years now. I went to play Crysis 3 the other day, only to realize it requires DirectX11! My card (GTX 260) only supports 10. Time for a new build!

Parts I have come up with to give everyone a base line:
Wishlist: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=21777905

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Not entirely sold on this case. Cost bit more than I wanted to spend on a case plus I am not a fan of the Red LED. I would MUCH rather prefer a Black/Blue LED lit case. I REALLY like the dust filters, size, and cable management. Something easy to clean would be nice.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Dual Thunderbolt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128558
Not 100% sold on this motherboard...I don't need the Thunderbolt option at all...Is there a better ASUS option?

Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116502
I know for gaming all you need is an i5, but I went with the i7 since it was $70 more. I figure within the next 2+ years, games will begin utilizing hyper threading more and more as well as the extra cores, so I will get a longer life span from the i7 than the i5...is this true? Also sticking with the Stock Heatsink.

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233299
Torn between sticking with 8GB and going for 16GB. Would save $50 if I went with 8GB.

Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787

DVD Drive: Samsung DVDRW - $15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151256

Hard Drive: Not 100% sure what to do here. I like being able to have many games installed on my hard drive at once, 20+ games. I currently run a Wester Digital Caviar Black 750gb. I am thinking about going with a 256gb SSD + 750GB Wester Digital and then a 1TB Western Digital as a backup for both. I would only need to purchase the 256SSD and 1TB WD drive.


Thank you in advance!
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  1. If I were you, I would go with 3570k and a 660ti and use the extra money for a higher resolution monitor.
  2. I'm planning on buying a monitor later this year, right now I am running on a 22'' Samsung so it isn't a huge priority to me.
  3. Then what you have is fine. Ocz vertex 4 is a good SSD.
  4. ZakISU said:

    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Not entirely sold on this case. Cost bit more than I wanted to spend on a case plus I am not a fan of the Red LED. I would MUCH rather prefer a Black/Blue LED lit case. I REALLY like the dust filters, size, and cable management. Something easy to clean would be nice.


    If you're not entirely sold on the HAF XM and would prefer a Black/Blue case, I'd strongly recommend the Fractal Design Define R4 (Tom's Hardware review and comparison) at the same price point. It's got all the features you highlighted, plus soundproofing and a clean, understated look (if that's something you're looking for).

    Unfortunately the black version seems to be out of stock on Newegg (with an option for auto-notification), but there are 4 left at Amazon with more on the way: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HD3E6Y/?tag=pcpapi-20.
  5. xomm said:
    If you're not entirely sold on the HAF XM and would prefer a Black/Blue case, I'd strongly recommend the Fractal Design Define R4 (Tom's Hardware review and comparison) at the same price point. It's got all the features you highlighted, plus soundproofing and a clean, understated look (if that's something you're looking for).

    Unfortunately the black version seems to be out of stock on Newegg (with an option for auto-notification), but there are 4 left at Amazon with more on the way: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HD3E6Y/?tag=pcpapi-20.


    Thanks for reply, I really do like the looks of that case, very sleek. The dust filters would be extremely easy to clean as well.
  6. I'm still questioning the i7 vs i5 for the Processor... Do you believe in the coming years, games will utilize the extra cores and hyper threading from the i7?
  7. If I were you, 8GB RAM is all you need. 3570K and a cooler will give you more "future proof".
    -Bruce
  8. dish_moose said:
    If I were you, 8GB RAM is all you need. 3570K and a cooler will give you more "future proof".
    -Bruce


    8GB could save me some cash. Is an after market cooler really worth it? I have used stock coolers in all my builds. What exactly are the benefits? (Other than a cooler processor)

    Also does anyone have any other suggestions on motherboards? I hear ASUS is really well built. Any ASUS motherboard suggestions?
  9. Cooler and quieter - all semiconductors work better and last longer and a 212 Evo does not cost much.
    -Bruce
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