I’m looking to build an all-around computer/gaming computer now that I’ll finally be out of school in a few months, but I’m not too sure about all I have going on here….
Also would like to stay close to my current budget. Although, I probably won’t be able to build the computer for the next 3-5 months, so if prices drop drastically for some reason I could possibly change some things around.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z87 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($249.29 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($149.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($72.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VN247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($169.95 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($107.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Cooler Master CM Storm Spawn Wired Optical Mouse ($15.98 @ Newegg)
Other: XTRAC PADS Ripper Optical Mouse Pad ($14.99)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-16 04:08 EDT-0400)
These are the parts I have picked, as of now, but I have a few questions:
1- Do I really need at i7? Would i5 be better? Or would wanting to future proof for 3-5 years make the i7 a better option?
2- Will the Noctua NH-D14 fit? It seems huge and a lot of people, from what I’ve read, have suggested getting low profile RAM if it is gotten, is this entirely necessary?
Also, if wanting to over clock and possibly use dual GPUs down the road, would something like the H100i be better? I don’t want to get too into water cooling for my first build, it seems a bit more of a hobby than a necessity.
3- Is the ASUS sabertooth z87 overkill? I see it recommended a lot, but I also see that a lot of people use other z87 boards. Besides the way it looks and all the good reviews of the board, I can’t really see what makes it any better than a much cheaper z87 board.
4- I want to also use this computer for everyday things and photo editing, would 8gb of RAM be more than enough? Also, with the idea of future proofing, should I just stick with the 16? I’ve read that games probably won’t need more than 8gb of RAM for a while, but I really don’t know much to anything about that…
5- I’ve seen that most people recommend getting a SSD for the OS and primarily used programs and a regular HDD for everything else, and this makes complete sense to me, but I was curious as to how large of an SSD is good. I’ve seen people recommend getting a smaller HDD and a larger SSD, but I store a lot of photos and things in large formats and wouldn’t like to run out of room any time soon… I store most videos on external HDDs so I’m not worried about that.
6- I prefer NVIDIA over AMD and always have, but I was curious as to whether or not the 770 would be enough to run games on ultra settings for current and games to come in the next 3-5 years? I’m thinking of getting another 770 down the line, too. But I heard that games might be requiring more VRAM soonish and was wondering if the 770s 2gb was enough and would be enough, especially if I get another down the line. Would I be better saving more money and getting a single better card now instead of using two later?
7- I really like the color scheme of this case and the size isn’t too extreme, but I’m also not a huge fan of the fact that it has HAF on it real large, all pictures of the case I’ve seen seem to show that it
s pretty noticeable, but I was curious if it really was in reality? It also looks to be great for air-cooling, which I’m in favor of at the moment.
Would anyone be able to recommend any comparable cases, color scheme and style wise?
8- I’ve seen a lot of similar builds and some better that use smaller PSUs, but I’m not too sure about how well they’d hold up down the line with two GPUs. Is the PSU I’ve selected extreme overkill? The pcpartpicker list says 442W, but with a second GPU, I was thinking at least around 600, and figured why not just go further, but is it just way too much?
9- I’m pretty sure about everything else I have selected here for peripherals, they go along with the red/black theme, the monitor seems to be decent and not too expensive as well as favored by those running three of them, which I’d like to do down the line.
That being said, I’m open to recommendations for these items, too.
The fan is because the case, from what I’ve seen, doesn’t include a side panel fan? I’m also debating getting another fan for the bottom, but am not sure how it’d fit, but considering the option is there, I assume it would…
Also, a bit more random: what resolution should I be aiming for with gaming? I mean, I’m pretty familiar with 1080 because of my TV, but I know there’s better. I’m most familiar with games on my ps3 currently, which most are at 720p and I play them on a 32” TV, would a 23” monitor at 1080p be a lot different? I mean, noticeably? With the parts I have selected, or similar, what kind of resolution would I be looking at? (not sure if intended pun)
Thanks a ton for the help, opinions, and reading! Sorry this is so long...