Originally Posted by cataly5t
So I spent the last 4 years of my life racking up student debt and currently finishing up my last chuck of final exams. My life has been wasting away on an eeepc netbook that I bought in 2008, so I figured that I would treat myself to a brand spanking new computer.
I have never built one myself, I have been told how simple it all is. But I wish to do my research and tread carefully. My goal is to have one built in June
I've started conducting research and ended up on this website. With Ivy bridge, GTX680, windows 8 and Diablo 3 coming out this seems like a great time to be investing in a desktop.
I am hoping for some advice in regards to my dive into the overclocking community. My rig will be mainly used for gaming, here are several ideas that are in my head right now:
- ivy bridge (i5 or i7) (2011 or 1155 socket?) or late sandy bridge?
- GTX 680 (worth it? and if so which manufacturer)
- water cooling? (price, difficulty, necessity?)
- OS SSD, i already have a data drive how big will this need to be?
- 16gb of ram (overkill? is 8 enough?)
- full size or medium size case?
I am hoping for a intel/nvidia build, looking to drop around $1500. Would that be enough?
Thank you all in advance, looking forward to your idea.
Ivy Bridge sounds good, but I'm not sure if I want to be in the 1st batch of people to get one. I like to give things some time to be tried and tested by the general public and see if it's worth it.
I think what you listed will end up costing more than $1500.
I just built my little sister a new machine, and she is pretty much in your same situation. She graduates from the art institue this spring and needed a new machine so badly. I offered to build her one several months ago, but here husband though it would be a waste of money until about 3 weeks ago when she was unable to complete an art project on her home computer that cost her a summer internship at Disney. Yea. Disney. I'm pretty pissed at my Bro in law right now, because when he called to tell me he thought it would be a good idea to "build that computer you were talking about" his budget was WAY more than enough. The build total ended up being $1694.88 with about $75 back in mail in rebates.
The first thing I'm going to say is don't rush! Take your time and look for good deals. This will save you several hundred dollars easily. Second, it is super easy to build a computer. Like lego's for big boys only cooler. I have built 4 machines now, and as long as you get a good case, from unboxing I can have the computer running and installing window's in about an hour. And that's probably slow compaired to others on this site.
If this is just for personal pleasure/gaming, several of your choices are overkill. If this is your first build, I would probably not worry too much about overclocking right now. I designed this last machine to have pretty killer performance as it is, but to also be highly overclockable later.
If you get an 1155 board, I think you will be blown away by the performance of an Intel Core i7-2600K. ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
)This is what I got and messing around with it I've OCd it to 4.8 and it ran like a dream. Thanks to the members on this forum I saved $125 on a motherboard by buying an ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
) but you won't be able to use an Ivy Bridge card on that MoBo. The Z77 boards are for IB. Also, SB cpu prices will probably drop as soon as IB come out on Monday I believe.
I might go for a this MoBo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
and the 2600k if the prices drop enough. The IB 3770K is had a projected MSRP of $313, so no one is going to pay $309 for a 2600K.
As far as a video card the 680 is an amazing card, but it's super expensive, and pretty much sold out everywhere. I personally will wait for it and grab one when the prices and hype die down. I know Skyrim can be run flawlessly, all settings maxxed with HD texture mods on like a gtx560 TI 2g. If you aren't doing crazy HD mods you don't need 2g of memory on a video card though. I don't expect that diablo is going to be that tough on video cards so a 680 unnecessary.
8g of ram will be more than enough for everyday use/gaming.
If you want to watercool, an all in one CPU cooler is a easy way to go. The Corsair H series or the Antec Kuhler H20 are easy and work great. I have the Kuhler 920 and it dropped the temps by 30 C. Everything else will be air cooled. If this is your first build, and you are on a budget I would not mess with a full water cooled system. One leak and everything could be destroyed. The all in one coolers are pre-filled and sealed so they never need refilling and should never leak.
I would go for a full case, but it's personal preference. I just got a Thermaltake Chaser MK-I ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133191
) and the build was a dream. ton's of room ( And an all in one WaterCooler fits easily. If you decide to go with an all in one water system just pm me, I did a ton of research to figure out which cases will work ), the Drive trays make installation quick and simple. I had an Azza Solarno 1000R, it doesn't fit the Watercoolers very easily, and to get the drive bays out to install the HD's you have to practically disassemble the entire case.
SSD are amazing. Just depends what you want to put on it. I think 120g min though. Can't wait til SSD prices drop... : /
I personally love and have had 0 issues with EVGA video cards, so that's all I ever buy. Many of them have life-time warranties too. But it's pretty much personal preference.
Well, that's my 2 cent's. Let me know if you have any more questions!