So I'm trying to build a PC, which I'll use for digital drawing/painting in Photoshop and/or Manga Studio as well as for gaming, I plan to use this set up for few years and have a chance to upgrade it (which I couldn't do with garbage I have atm >_>).
I don't need to run everything on Ultra High Settings, I just need to run it at any setting, any resolution and at playable FPS.
I'm on a budget, and will actually have to go through single vendor, and buy PC on store credit, which is based on Bosnia, which is why my choices are kinda limited too.
Anyway... this is pretty much what I have so far
CPU - Intel Core i5 6600 3,3 GHz, LGA1151 BOX, Quadcore - (http://ark.intel.com/products/88188/Intel-Core-i5-6600-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_90-GHz)
Memory - (2x) Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB DDR4 2666MHz, HX426C15FB/8 - (http://www.kingston.com/en/memory/search/?partid=hx426c15fb/8)
GPU - Asus nVidia GeForce GTX750 TI 2GB DDR5, GTX750TI-OC- - (https://www.asus.com/Graphics-Cards/GTX750TIOC2GD5/)
HDD - WD Blue 1TB WD10EZEX 3,5 SATA3 7200 rpm - (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=770#Tab3)
*I already have one more SATA 1TB HDD, which I'll transfer from old PC to new one... eventually.
+ Some random LG DVD-RW Drive and some smaller stuff if need be (like modem and stuff)
- CPU and GPU come with their own cooling
I kinda have hard time picking MB, PSU and Case/Chassis.
#1 - Asus MB Z170-A LGA 1151, Intel Z170 - (https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Z170-A/specifications/)
#2 - Gigabyte MB GA-Z170-HD3P, LGA 1151, Intel Z170 - (http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5495#ov)
#3 - Gigabyte MB GA-Z170-HD3, LGA 1151, Intel Z170 DDR4 - (http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5485#ov)
#4 - Gigabyte MB GA-Z170-Gaming K3, LGA1151, Intel Z170 - (http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5720#ov)
At first I though I'll go with #1, but found out it's actually geared towards overcloakers, which I'm not planning to do. One of the reasons I've picked it over others is Sata Express ports, which apparently other 3 MBs have too (info which my vendor didn't provide >_>).
Also... I doubt I'll ever need 2nd PCIe x16 port, so... considering everything I'm probably better of with HD3P, right?
#1 - ThermalTake PSU 730W Smart SE - (http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model_Specification.aspx?id=C_00001966)
#2 - Fortron Hyper 700W S - (http://fsp-europe.com/hyper-500w600700w/)
#3 - Fortron Raider 750W - (http://www2.fsplifestyle.com/home/product.php?AreaLang=0&PSN=384)
Now since I plan on upgrading in future, when I do I'll probably need more power out of PSU. I've been looking around internet, people usually say that GTX750 Ti, needs at least 400W to run fine, probably 450W to be safe, however... Newegg calculates my current need at 531W, and when I take into consideration, that I plan on upgrading and when I do I'll need more power, and also... Chassis and coolers might require some more power (which isn't calucalted in), I thought at going for 650W PSU, but my vendor only offers 600W, 630w, then 700W+...
I don't really care about aesthetics and cable management, so modular PSU (which #1 is), isn't something I'd buy, just because it's modular. I'm seeing mixed reviews on #3, but there are the only 3 PSUs my vendor provides, all 3 listed, that are between 650W and 800W.
#1 - Thermaltake Core V31 Mid Tower, CA-1C8-00M1WN-00 - (http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Chassis/Mid_Tower_/Core/C_00002469/Core_V31_/Specification.htm)
#2 - AeroCool Tower Strike-X Xtreme Devil Red - (http://www.aerocool.com.tw/en/chssis/strike-x/strike-x-x-xtreme)
#3 - Zalman Tower Z11 Plus HF1 Mid Tower - (http://www.zalman.com/global/product/Product_Read.php?Idx=699)
Last case/tower/chassis, I'm pretty sure all 3 of these meet my needs, looking at reviews, #2 seems quite decent for it's price, and it's cooling is good too, and it leaves potential for replacement. It comes with 3 coolers preinstalled (with option to add one more, asuming I'm not replacing anything)
Case #3 comes with 5 coolers pre-installed (2 more optional), 2 on the side don't have direct exhaust since they're hidden, kinda weird.
Case #1 comes with 2 120x120x25 coolers preinstalled, but offers a lot higher support for cooling fans as well as LCS support. Price difference would also justify buying one more cooler for this case. It's only con being less space for 2.5 and 3.5 drives, but I doubt I'll need more than what offered anyway... Also... lookswise it's not as aggressive as other two, so I'm probably going to go with it (might even go for windowless option).
But still would like to hear some opinions.
Few more notes:
I want to leave an option of upgrading/adding more RAM so I want to stay with ATX MB.
I want to stick with nVidia cards due to their lower need for power and lesser heat emission (even tho I could get better ATi for the same price)
Probably one of the first things I'll upgrade will be video card too, so I can skimp a bit on it.
I don't plan on EVER upgrading CPU tho.
Even tho I stated above, I don't plan on overcloacking.
Thanks in advance for suggestions/help^^
Edited by hamluis, 05 May 2016 - 07:05 PM.
Moved from Buying New to System Building - Hamluis.