decided i would have a go at building my first pc. I figure I will save a bit of money, but not really that much - the aim is to build it just to show myself that I can!
I have done some research on the various components, finding myself going down some research avenues that i didn't know even existed! All in all, I have found it incredibly interesting.
My build is quite high end gaming pc, though I am not made of money, and I want to make it as future proof as i can. For that reason, for example, going with a z97 motherboard etc. While I think I have thought the build through enough, it would be great to get some feedback, even if it is just reassurance that i haven't made a stupid error etc.
I will post a link to the pcpartpicker list, but will also post the details here, with the reasons why i picked what i did, in order to make it easier for others to see and undertand my build.
CPU: I7-4790k - was going to go with the i5, but then thought that it is possible in the future that games will start using hyperthreading, so for future proofing i7 seemed good. Went for the Devil's Canyon one becuase it is not that much more than the slightly older one, I don't intend to overclock off the bat, but thought the option is there in the future.
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - Not sure if i couldn't have gone with the stock cooler, but playing it safe. NH-D14 has good reviews. If I can save money here by getting something else, so much the better.
Motherboard: Asus z97-pro (wifi ac). Toss up between this and the z97-a, but thought the wifi might be useful at some point. Again, not sure on this.
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16gb (2x8GB) 1600 - went for low profile because I read somewhere that the motherboard and a NH-D14 can cause problems with standard height ram.
Storage: Samsung 840 Evo 500Gb 2.5" SSD - was going to go for a smaller ssd, but a friend of mine has a 500gb and he reckons it is worth the extra cost. Choose samsung becuase of the reviews.
Western Digitial Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200rpm - again, went for this because of reviews. Figure 1TB is enough and don't need 2TB.
Video Card: MSI GTX770 2GB Twin FROZR - this has been the hardest decsion in a way. Finally plumped for a GTx770 and the MSI is the cheapest of these really. Plan for when the time comes that this graphic card is not good enough is to buy another GTX 770 and run them together, rather than to buy another top end graphics card.
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 - like the look of it, has good reviews and seems easy for cable management - as this is my first build thought that might be useful.
Power Supply: XFX 850W ATX12V - could probably go for a less powerful one, but thought this should be powerful enough to cope if I ever did add another GTX 770. Have wondered about getting a 1000w PSU, as have been told the more power you have inreserve, the better for the PSU, but really not sure about this.
Optical Drive: Samsung SH224db - Cheapest one I could find - not blue-ray.
Operating System: Thought I would go for win 8, and then go to classic view. However a friend said i should probably go with win 7. I just figure that win8 may be more future proof, as games may start taking advantage of whatever features it has. Also, not sure if the higher end ones are worth the money e.g. proffessional, ultimate etc.
Anyway, that is my current build idea, but would really appreciate some feedback from people who know about all this stuff!
Edited by Iorwerth, 10 July 2014 - 04:44 AM.