Hey everyone, I want to build my first PC and am looking for advice on what I have so far. I've been researching and lurking forums for around a month but am very new to this. I would not be surprised if i've overlooked something in my current setup. I plan to use it primarily as a media center (most likely XBMC) connected to my living room HDTV. I will be storing all my music, movies and shows as well as playing games. My main concern with gaming is smooth Wii emulation which I understand requires some power. I would also like to play some modern titles like Skyrim and Bioshock Infinite. Again, I'm new to this and not sure if I'm overdoing it or undergoing it with this setup. I wouldn't mind cutting some costs if possible. Hoping to get it going in the next few weeks. I know there are a ton of these posts and appreciated your time! Thanks, Josh
Approximate Purchase Date: 1 - 4 Weeks Budget Range: $1000-1200 System Usage from Most to Least Important: Media storage and playback in HD, Online video streaming, Gaming (Dolphin emulation, Skyrim) Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Sound System, Controllers, OS (I will be using Windows 7) Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon Country: USA Parts Preferences: None Overclocking: Maybe SLI or Crossfire: No
Here is what I've come up with so far. Also, pretty clueless as far as Cooling and Power Supply requirements go
AMD's suggestions sadly mean the build will go over budget. With that out of the way there are a couple things that I would change.
You can save some money by getting a corsair vengeance 8GB kit it's about 10$ cheaper than the one you were looking at.
Get a 7950, you can get Bioshock Infinite Crysis 3 and Tomb Raider for free, plus it performs 10% or so faster than the 660Ti. (It is also the same price)
Switch to a trusted PSU brand, the one you have simply will not do. Those include XFX, Corsair, Seasonic, and Silverstone
Thanks, that deal on the 7950 is awesome! I chose that power supply because it is modular and reviews said it was very quiet. Although I suppose I can find something similar from one of the other brands. Thanks again