At work, I use a Dell Optiplex 9010 with the I7-3770 - and I'm really happy with the peppy performance.
At home I have two old boxes...a refurb'd Optiplex 745 and an Intel Conroe w/EVGA512 that I built several years ago.
(say what you will about Dell, the Optiplex business line takes a licking and keeps on ticking - outlasting my custom build)
The 745 is gettin' real slow and I want something faster at home. I was ready to just lay down 1100-1200 bucks for new Optiplex9010 w/I7-3770 and call it good, but then I started playing with ibuypower and cyperpower sites and notice I could get a much higher quality system for close to the same price as the Dell...
Then I started to FURTHER research and found I could build my own (with similar parts) for about 2 Benjamins less than the aforementioned sites...(and have more fun doing it).
Anyway, could you please check out the following link and give me any recommendations/opinions?
I'm not a huge gamer although I REALLY liked playing BF2(on the Conroe) and would like to play BF3 with decent speeds. Other than that, I would his box for DVD/Music Rips/Burns, Surfing and Quicken.
I get my WIN7 or 8 OS for free via my work Site License and I have both a 22' and 24' monitors at home that are still in very good shape. SO I'm saving money there.
I'm not an overclocker, but could see myself tinkering in that area in the future, so I opted for the 3770k.
As well, i've not WC'd before, and the ease of a self-contained system like the Corsair seems best. I probably don't need to WC since I may not OC, but I'm under the impression that a cooler CPU will last much longer!!
I know the Corsair Case is expensive, but I REALLY like that their are no windows and fancy lights in this case...I just want a basic black case with good cable routing and air flow...other thoughts?
Is the $300 660 Ti enough card for BF3? Too much? Can I go lower?
Here is what I'm looking at...could someone take a gander and make some recommendations or opinions? I'd like to stay in the $1200 range.
Thanks for your replies...http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CFtp