Approximate Purchase Date: within a month probably
Budget Range: $1000-1250 before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming then internet use in general
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: None anymore
Overclocking: probably, with that i5 if i can hit 3.8-4.0ghz ill be happy (new to OCing too)
SLI or Crossfire: eventually, but not right now
Monitor Resolution: whatever the highest supported resolution the monitor i selected supports
Hey everyone, i'm in the market to build my first desktop pc since my now 1 year old laptop is getting outdated faster then i expected, and ive used it as a desktop replacement for far too long.
im rather familiar with windows and the software side of things, but ive always had a laptop, my modding extent consisted of adding ram and cleaning the fans in my alienware area 51 m5500.
my goal, is to build a decent gaming computer that is faster then my current laptop that ill be able to upgrade down the road, and will be able to let me play games like battlefield 3 on medium-high, and the pc must be reliable, i dont want to take a chance with components
(current laptop is a HP dv7t quad edition with a i7-2630 with an ATI 6770 and 8gb ram and a 750gb hdd)
Being as ive never built a desktop pc, ive been doing some reading and bought pc mags build your own gaming pc issue. and i picked some parts from it, but i do not know how compatible or reliable the components ive chosen are and am basing most of it by price and ratings on newegg since they carry everything ill need.
budget: around $1250
Nzxt Phantom Case $130
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
picked this brand based on ratings on price, and can go SLI later down the road
Corsair Vengeance 8gb
8gb should be plenty for now right? i can always get a second set down the road to up it to 16gb right?
MSI Z68A-GD55 Motherboard
i understand the specs, but i dont know what the best choice is for me
picked because of price, and ive read they overclock well
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Corsair 750TX 750W
ASUS vw224u 22inch lcd
the only other things i have on my list are an anti static wrist strap and a small tube of arctic silver 5
Now i know im over budget with all of this, but i forgot to include the monitor. I intend on recycling my logitech g5 mouse, my ideazon zboard, and my m-audio av40 speakers and using them in this setup.
Here are my concerns:
#1 the Motherboard, I understand the specs and the board is socketed for the i5 and supports SLI and my video cards if i read its specs right, but it it an okay MB or is there a better option out there for the price?
#2 if i overclock the i5 to around 3.8ghz, it should serve me well for a while right?
Will all this work well together? Any suggestions on hardware or tips for a first time builder?