Description

This will be my first custom built desktop computer, I used to play games like Cyberstrike 2, Tribes, Mech Warrior, Counter Strike and Quake. I also have spent almost 10 years on and off again of playing a MMORPG called Asheron's Call.

I didn't want to do anything over the top so I gave myself a budget of around $1,000. The total with shipping was $1,125 from NewEgg

Hoping this will allow me to play some of the newer games (Crysis, Bioshock, Assassins Creed etc) but also I am a huge fan of the older FPS/Team games like I mentioned before... so I will probably do alot of throwback gaming with some of the old titles.

I will also use this to play music and movies through my 5.1 surround sound system hooked attached to my plasma TV.

Currently I hook my laptop up via HDMI to the TV to play movies, but I have recently bought a computer desk and sitting less than 2 feet away from a 50" TV it doesn't seem like it is going to work.... so I am deciding between a nice 27" 1080p monitor or to spend a bit more and get a 2560x1440, any thoughts on this? *Update 3/13/13 * I decided to go with the Asus VG248QE 144Hz monitor instead of using my plasma. From the reviews it sounds like I will not be disappointed.

I decided against a SSD because fast boot times and application launches are not really that important to me. I also did not get the 7970 GHz edition because I couldn't justify the minimal speed gain for an additional $50.

The parts should all be arriving by mid week and I will start assembling and get some pictures.

Thanks for reading and any constructive criticism.

3/15/2013

So all the parts finally came... got everything hooked up and not only is the power supply bad, but so the the MOBO and HD... what a nightmare! Very frustrated!!

Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 4 points

Great price for being able to fit a 3570K and a 7970 in the budget!

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

My wife was happy with the price too!! lmao :)I was surprised too considering almost half my budget was the GPU alone.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

This thing is going to just blow your mind. Great build!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude got that white prodigy ;) love this case man are you gonna get a fan header? (hint hint: bitfenix recon white :DDDDD) lol

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I probably will get the fan header since it sounds like with the H60 I'm going to have to remove the optical drive, seems more like a novelty item, but agree it looks sweet (:

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good for a gaming build, but might want a 128gb 840pro SSD or sumthin and put whatever game your doing on that, make it a much better experience :) Otherwise, very good!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Would installing games directly onto the SSD show a significant increase in performance? Would I need to keep the OS on the SSD also? I didn't do much research into them so I took it safe and went with a traditional 7200 drive.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

The difference is quite noticable. Load times on software and OS are seconds as well as load times in games. You would put all the frequently used software and OS on the SSD and use the HDD as storage.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah you can move the currently used files onto SSD and move em back to storage when you dont need them. As propos said, a noticable difference in speed. OS boot up times are amazing.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Regarding the Monitor choice 27" 1080P or something else. Those new 144Hz monitors interest me. Back when I played UT I would run my CRT @ 100Hz.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't heard of the 144Hz monitor yet, I will have to look into those. Funny you mention UT and the CRT... great game, and I almost thought of bringing my ancient 17" up from the basement LOL

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard the old CRT's sell well on Ebay. These days some want that retro experience something other than Panel 60hz. I guess everything does come back around!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I did look into the 144Hz monitors and decided to go with ASUS VG248QE 24-Inch Screen LED-lit Monitor, it got great reviews and was at a good price point for me

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

party time, excellent! Add me a friend on Steam I have 4 L4D2 servers and we can hookup, talk on mics, about old school gaming while killing zombies. http://steamcommunity.com/id/black2uesday/

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I use to play L4D all the time, didnt know they came out with a 2nd. Should have everything up and running by Weds and I'll add you.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

good point on the HD7970. if i'm not to be mistaken, that particular card comes overclocked to GHz specifications right out of the box.

1440p monitors cost a pretty penny more than 1080p monitors; the cheapest "good" 2560x1440 monitor costs more than twice as much as a similarly-sized 1920x1080 monitor. if you're willing to splurge, go ahead with a good 1440p monitor (i believe it's the Asus ProArt PB278Q for $650, if you're interested). otherwise, there's plenty of 1080p choices half that price.

otherwise, everything else looks great. expect to see good framerates at their highest settings, even if you went the 1440p route.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

There was so many different models I was very confused, I played it safe and went with the Gigabyte since I know they have a good reputation. Thanks for the advice on the Asus, and $650 seems like a good price tag considering some of them I see go for close to $1,000... I'll probably end up getting a ~200ish 1080P one and if I'm not satisfied put it on craigslist and upgrade.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's a nice 1080p 120 Hz monitor for a lot cheaper than some others come at: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/acer-monitor-etug5hp001

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

that's about what i'd do with your kind of budget. i'd also consider Asus or Samsung for the brand, mostly because of their good reputations, but it doesn't hurt to do more research ;)

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

After being suggested a 144Hz monitor from Tricky I looked into them and decided to go with the AsusvG248QE 24"... should be here by end of week hopefully with the rest of my equipment.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

sounds fantastic. go for it, then!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking forward to those build pics. Lotta computer in a little box too. Good Luck!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I got before I realized my mobo, hdd and PSU were DOA!! lol.... new parts should be coming Monday/Tuesday.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, there are some great parts in here for the price.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Save up for an ssd, then this thing will be ridiculousness!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Any brand suggestions? I probably wouldn't need anything too large since it would just be the OS and then maybe 1 or 2 games I'm playing at that time

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I suggest a Samsung 840 pro. But if on a budget maybe like a sx900 from Adata, both 128gb versions.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I 2nd that Samsung 840 Pro series I got mine last friday from Amazon (they just rave about it). In fact hubby and I went to Fry's yesterday and he bought the same one 256GB! I felt my 120 Pyro SE for OS and basic programs didn't give me enough comfort zone to install a few of my Fav's. Samsung is Super Fast, really happy with my purchase!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Well built drive, fastest i've seen, well priced.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an ocz agility 3 120 gb and I got it because it was cheap! Right now I have 110 out of 120 gb so I would recommend a bigger one so you can have games.(I have none on it) I got it for $99 a year ago. Samsung and Intel are the best on the market right now so I would recommend them.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is a little small for the power you're packing.

Don't you think it would be wise to get a mid tower, at least for the improved cooling?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree a mid tower would have more room for cooling, but I prefer the small form factor and these cases (from the review's I've read) mention the air flow is good