Im new to pc building but since everyone recommends building one yourself rather than buying a prebuilt i decided to give it a try. Im trying to have a really nice gaming computer for games such as LOL, Dayz, rust, streaming, video making,Photoshop, and just in general a very fast CPU. My current pc is a prebuilt dell inspiron 545s that is very old and it is time for a serious upgrade.
how serious are you about streaming/recording and photoshop? if you are serious... you will want an i7. i would suggest an i7-4770k (if you want to overclock) or an i7-4770 (if you dont). a haswell cpu in general.
i'd also suggest a 1150 socket motherboard (haswell) z87 (if overclocking) or h87 (if not overclocking) chipset.
2x4gb (8gb) is fine for gaming but for video editing, streaming, photoshop having 2x8 (16gb) is ideal. 1600mhz is fine but sometimes you can find 1866 for the same price (depending on sales) so keep an eye out.
dont get a hitachi. get a samsung spinpoint, seagate barracuda or western digital caviar. (personally i suggest the caviar black for a 5 year warranty)
what kind of settings are you hoping to run on those games at what resolution? personally i'd suggest upgrading the gpu (to 660ti/r9-280x levels) but hard to say without knowing what you expect in terms of settings in game.
there are other cases besides the haf. while stock coolers work they are not all that great and worth replacing. its optional depending on case airflow though but mandatory if you want to overclock.
you dont need 700w for that system. most gaming computers end up about 500w which means a 600-650w typically has more than enough "headroom" to cover future upgrades.
list your maximum budget as well as if it is for the pc only or if you need to buy peripherals also.
also list your resolution and what settings you want in games
also list how serious you are into photoshop and streaming/editing as well as any other programs you use which are very cpu demanding.
AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
-if you plan on high overclocks this is the better cpu on the amd side. if low overclocks are fine (4.0 to 4.3) you could get a 8320 and save cash.
ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
-if you plan on o/c with an 8350 you want a 990fx chipset motherboard (more expensive) however they allow better overclocks. if you went with a 8320 instead you could probably get away with a 970 chipset. personally i would go with asus but asrock isnt terrible.
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
-keep in mind that high capacity (drives over 1tb) tend to have higher failure rates. personally i'd recommend a ssd for a boot drive and a 1tb hdd however if you just went with a normal hard drive you could get a better video card in the system for the same price. a ssd would just make the system boot and respond faster (but it wont increase gaming peformance)
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Twin frozr 2GB Video Card
-i would bump this up. if you tweak the build its definitely possible to go with something better. you might even be able to fit a 280x in on that budget ($300 card)
G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
-8gb is fine for gaming. its a bit light for serious photoshop (if you are working with really large images) or video editing but you can always add more later. 1600 is standard but if you can get 1866 for the same price then go for it. make sure the motherboard you pick has support for 1866 speed (most upper end ones do... didnt look up your particular one)
Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
-whats wrong with something like a corsair 300r? there are also countless other cases to look at. just because the case has multiple usb ports doesnt mean your motherboard supports it (you would need that many usb headers on the board which needs to be checked). you could always add in a front bay device which has more, use the rears with an extension cable, use a usb hub or get a usb pci card. as far as cases are concerned you want something with usb3, somthing with an open front design (not flat front) with as many fan ports as possible. its very possible to get a barebones case for $50 or less but they tend to be a bit junky (but practical and useable though).
Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
-you could probably use a 550w however if you want to oc i would stay with 650 to give headroom (amd chips are power hogs when oc!). i would go with a seasonic or xfx psu instead.
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)