I'm trying to build a new gaming PC for myself. Currently I play Starcraft 2, Civ 5, with the occasional dabbing in games like the Sims 3. In the future I'll be playing the new Sim City.. I'd like to be able to play Starcraft 2, Civ 5, and Sim City at the highest settings possible for my budget range below. Besides gaming, I'll be in grad school using my computer for research/homework purposes. I keep practically no music on my computer now (120 songs), I just need storage for games and the occasional large data set/homework assignments. My tablet can cover most of the web browsing and video watching. I've researched parts for a week, and made sort of a rough draft of a build here: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HhSq
It's a bit over my range, and I'm not sure these parts are the greatest (or even necessary for my purposes). I figured that getting input from people with more than a weeks worth of knowledge would be quite helpful, so if anyone has any suggestions that would be amazing.
Approximate Purchase Date: Maybe in a week or 2
Budget Range: $600-$800
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > Research purposes > Web Browsing
Are you buying a monitor: No for now
Do you need to buy OS: Yes.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, anything that's reliable really.
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Parts Preferences: Best for the price that lasts
Overclocking: Not if I don't have to
SLI or Crossfire: Not if I don't have to
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I've got a Macbook Pro that can barely handle the games I like to play on minimum settings and figured for way less than a new MBP costs, I can buy a powerful gaming computer that'll last.
The PSU is a little weak. AMD actually state 500W as a requirement for that graphics card. You probably would get away with that 450W because its good quality... but why take the risk? Either of these would be great XFX 550W Corsair CX600 Seasonic 520W
The motherboard is far too expensive if you aren't over-clocking and don't plan to SLI/Xfire. Personally, I would go for this one at $76 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It will do everything you need and is reasonably good quality. But really you are wasting money spending anything over $100 on a motherboard for what you need.
There is also no reason to pay so much for that hard drive. You can get a 500GB Seagate Barracuda for $60.
Finally - either enjoy the savings or upgrade the graphics to a 7870