Hello! I've had a stock XPS 630i for over six years now and I need to replace the (supposedly) failing graphics card. Knowing that it would require a complete rebuild to play current games, I've decided to do just that. I want to play new games so I'm going to replace everything; that means new display, keyboard, mouse, etc. My new build is going to be used almost solely for gaming – both new and old – and some moderate web browsing/downloading. I would still use the XPS for writing, internet, music, movies, etc. I won't be doing anything like video capture, video editing or Photoshop. No overclocking either.
My main goal is to play Skyrim with lots of pretty textures and graphical mods with smooth frames since I just discovered how beautiful it can be on PC (vanilla game kind of blows in comparison). Next-gen games are on the agenda, too. I most likely won't run any game with all settings maxed unless it's an old game. I want to be able to run the majority of games at comfortably high settings that would look good yet still net smooth frame rates at 1080p.
I plan to have this build last for hopefully quite a few years without an upgrade, but when it eventually needs one, I want some nice headroom for more powerful components down the road. I'd also like to know if I could possibly save some money by downgrading something that may be unnecessarily powerful, or if I should upgrade something that isn't powerful enough. I think I'm good, though.
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming Mid Tower Case
CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO
GPU: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB DDR3 1866
SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB
Internal HDD: Western Digital Black 1TB
External HDD: Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB
Optical Drive: Asus 24x DVD Burner
PSU Option #1: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 750W
PSU Option #2: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2 850W
Would I benefit in the long run by upgrading to the 850W, or is the 750W enough for future upgrades? I don't plan on ever having an SLI setup, but you never know. And again, no overclocking. Either one doesn't really matter as they're both 80+ Plus Gold Certified with a 10-year warranty. I would save around $30 by going with the 750W, so that's a plus.
CPU Cooler Option #1: Corsair Hydro Series H50 120mm
CPU Cooler Option #2: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 120mm
I'm kind of torn on whether I want air or liquid cooling. Liquid is supposedly quieter with less maintenance, but I've read that certain air coolers can actually perform marginally better than some liquid ones. A downside of the Hyper 212 is that it seems kind of big in comparison. Overall, I'd like to know which one would be better to keep the PC both quiet and ice cold (figuratively).
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 24" 144Hz
Speakers: Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers
Headphones: Logitech G430 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
Keyboard: Thermaltake eSPORTS Poseidon Z Illuminated Keyboard w/Brown Switches
Mouse: Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex Performance Edition Gaming Mouse
Mousepad: SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mouse Pad
Wrist Rests: 3M Gel Wrist Rests (6.9 & 18")
Money is not really an issue, but I don't want to go overboard or have any part over $350 if I can help it. There's only so much I'm willing to pay for certain parts after all. For everything – including peripherals – it comes out to over $2,000, but I think that's a fair price for a powerful mid-range gaming PC and a new display.
PCPartPicker sees no compatibility issues, so I guess I'm good? I tried to be thorough in comparing each part myself to make sure they matched up, but I may have missed something. Nothing is set in stone and I haven't purchased anything yet, but I'm pretty happy and confident with what I've picked considering I came into this a week ago knowing virtually nothing about PC parts. Research is your friend.
Edited by rustyharp, 07 July 2015 - 03:15 PM.