I have been saving up for roughly two years and finally have the funds to make a purchase of a high-ish end computer for gaming. I'm hoping to have it last a few years at least. I also didn't want to skimp on anything and cause that regret feeling you get when you save $30 and can feel the quality loss.
Consulted one other forum. Poured over as many reviews as I could find for days. Really tried to construct a solid system.
So.. Here it is. Price Picker list; but avoiding URLs since I don't know if that constitutes spam.
price picker code: Rouc
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.99)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($162.99)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($382.38)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96)
Only difference is I am buying an extra fan for the Hyper 212 EVO and I am getting the GHZ edition of the Video Card. Price Picker didn't have it that I could see.
I do already have a copy of Windows 7 that is good to install. And Arctic Silver for the CPU Cooler install. Anything else I may be missing?
Thanks for any help offered. This is a large investment for me and I am nervous I am messing something up!
Thanks for the answer! About 3 hours till I order, so anyone else's advice would be welcome!
So the 212 evo doesn't like a second fan? Should I replace the single fan with a non-stock, or is it solid? Which side/direction should I face the single fan on it?
As for the case; the corsair 300R is really solid, I somehow missed that. However it lacks enough drive bays, I'm hoping for 5 where it only has the 4. I have 4 HDD + 1 SDD. So not sure if that is workable. The Storm Enforcer honestly doesn't appeal to me aesthetically. Any case I get needs to be solid as I move my computer at least once every few days for LANs or whatnot. I do really like the Corsair, just not sure if it'll fit my needs. Any ideas with the new info?
And again, anyone else please chip in. I really want this to be as good as it can be!
Adding the information the post at the top recommends because I somehow missed it. Sorry about that.
Approximate Purchase Date: Today
Budget Range: 1300-1600~ not including rebates / shipping.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Low-Intensity work stuff.
Are you buying a monitor: Nope
Parts to Upgrade: Full Build / N/A
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: Atlanta, GA - United States, Would prefer no brick and mortar stores.
Parts Preferences: Intel, AMD/ATI, ASUS, G.Skill
Overclocking: Yes (CPU, Nothing else).
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: This'll be my last computer purchase for 2+ years. So needs to last while still running games at max.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current rig cannot run Skyrim loaded with mods, or Crysis 3 beyond high. I also lack a SSD right now and want one. I'd rather not scrap my current rig for parts since I can likely sell it for $600 to recoup some of this loss.
Pro SSD maybe? If I were buying that monster of a build for gaming, I'd buy some better quality and quiet fans. Like Noctua F12 or Corsair SP120/AF120. Most people, myself included, do not like the Noctua theme look. The Corsair fans do look good.