So, I've made the decision to move from console to PC gaming and I'm completely new to everything that is associated with building a PC.
I've watched a couple build videos and discussed part selection with friends who have already build their own PC. I've got a budget of around about $2000 but thats not necessarily including peripherals as i need a keyboard, mouse and monitor (already got a headset and some speakers). I'd be using this PC for playing most modern games but also doing some cg rendering and architectural graphic design. After some thought and discussion with friends i've come up with a build that i'm pretty much happy with and i won't be making to many changes.
Here's the build:
CPU = intel i7 4790 ($339)
GPU = Gigabyte Geforce GTX 780 3GB ($549)
RAM = Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB DDR3 (might be replaced with G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB DDR3) ($219 or $$176)
MOTHERBOARD = AsRock Fatal1 ty H97 Performance MotherBoard ($129)
SSD = Samsung Evo 250GB SSD ($139)
HDD = Seagate Barracuda 1TB ($65)
CASE = CoolerMaster Cosmos SE Full Tower with window ($169)
WI-FI = D-Link DWA-556 Wireless N600 Dual Band PCI-E Adaptor ($39)
PSU = Corsair AX760 Platinum Power Source ($249)
OPTICAL DRIVE = Asus DRW 24D3ST 24x DVD Writer ($25)
Keyboard/Mouse = Cooler master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle ($45)
MONITOR = AOC 12367FH 23 inch Widescreen IPS Monitor
+ 2 or 3 cables
Total = $$2423
Although this is a bit above my original budget I'm happy with this price, unless I can get stuff cheaper anywhere, as its still less than $2000 spent on the actual PC.
I'd be really helpful if someone could answer these questions for me:
1. Are all the parts compatible???
2. I've heard the cooler master case on my list might not fit my gtx780 graphics card. Is this true??? If so, another suggestion from a friend is the Corsair C70 case, would this work better??? or is there another case i should look into. ON further research i found out that with the hard dive bays opposite the GPU in, that I should still have 1 cm of leeway but ca anyone confirm or correct me on this???
3. Should I get myself another fan for the case or are the 3-4 supplied in cases usually enough for gaming and rendering.
4. Should i get windows 7 or 8.1 as I've heard from some that 8.1 is often unstable for gaming whilst others say they have had no problems with it at all.
5. A couple changes I might make is the replacement of the current monitor with one from a more trusted brand. And I might buy the ram, PSU and motherboard from Newegg because even with additional shipping costs i could still save approx. $150 by buying it from them
6. What do you think about this build??? Any changes you would make???
I'm completely new, so any help is appreciated,
Edited by bf825, 02 September 2014 - 03:57 AM.