Hey guys, I am building my own PC gamin rig for the first time. I build one with my friend 4-5 years ago, and by with, I mean he did while I watched and sort of helped. He also picked out most of the items. This time I'm doing it all myself, so here is what I have so far, and would love any opinions or ideas to make it better/cheaper.
Budget trying to stay between 1500-2000, would of course like it to be closer to 1500, but don't mind going up if it will help performance by a bunch. I am also getting most/all of my parts from memory express, since I live right next to it, and makes everything easier.
CPU: Core™ i7-3770 Processor, 3.40GHz w/ 8MB Cache
OR Core™ i5-3570K Processor, 3.40GHz w/ 6MB Cache
Not sure of performance difference between them, the cost is pretty major though
CASE: Cooler Master HAF X Tower Case
OR Obsidian Series 650D Mid Tower Case
Leaning toward Corsair at the moment
RAM: Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1600MHz CL10 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 8GB)
Initially I thought I would just go for the full 32MB, but after reading some posts everyone was saying over 8 is overkill for any type of gaming rig. Thoughts?
MOTHERBOARD: Sabertooth Z77 w/ Dual DDR3, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, CrossFireX / SLI
I was at a loss here for the MOBO. I doubt I will get into Crossfire/SLI any time soon, but the option is good to have there. I do need the Z77 chipset i believe for the ivy bridge processors, but I just sort of randomly picked this one, so any thoughts here would be helpful.
GPU: GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI
Again, no real idea which way I wanted to go for the GPU. I want something relatively powerful, but I am not willing to pay the 1000 bucks for the GTX 690 or whatever just came out. I have no qualms either with getting a Radeon card either, I just have a GTX in my last rig so thought I would stick with it. I would like to make sure it has an HDMI out though.
POWER: Gaming Series GS600 Power Supply
Not really sure how much power I needed, but 600 sounded right, and this one wasn't too expensive!
HARD DRIVE: Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black 7200rpm SATA III w/ 64MB Cache
1TB seemed right. My real question here is is it worth it to get a SSD for running the OS / commonly played games on? Or just stick with the 1TB drive?
OPTICAL DRIVE: BH12 Super Multi Blue 12x Internal SATA Blu-ray Disc Writer, Black w/ Lightscribe
Blue-ray, can't go wrong!
CPU COOLER: Zalman CNPS12X Triple Fan CPU Cooler w/ Blue LED
ORIntel High Performance Liquid Cooler
Both look pretty slick, so not a big decision.
That about covers it so far. Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.