- 53 months ago
hello as this will be my first time posting to this site..
im a pc gamer for at least a decade now and shamefully admitting as a laptop gamer(well due to school and i prefer back then gaming on the go), but now i want to experience greener pastures to switch to desktop gaming...
i used to have a non-gaming desktop, so i have at least basic knowldege on how to take care of my computer and how to fix it software-wise... so right now this will be my very first time building a pc, and im both excited and worried of screwing it up..
currently i have a m17 alieware m17 with a 2.5ghz i7-4710mq, 8gb ram, 1tb hdd, & gtx 880m.. i can still play any games and play most games on max settings with 60fps... bought witcher 3 and played it last summer to only medium settings with ~40+fps..
i came to a realization that medium or low settings with <60fps is not going to be enough for me anymore, and might as well just go console gaming..
so i want to build my first own desktop gaming and get a consistent 60fps 1080p and entry into the 1440p 4k race lol...
things i prefer:
-- budget is $1500-1600; would consider going abit more but for only not much lol; prefer if the build is really good and save more money lol
-- i prefer to get a rig that would give me better experience than my current alienware
-- SLI is not top priority, but might consider down the line if its worth doing it
-- overclocking cpu is not top priority first since im a newbie, but would like to do it sometime in the future to get the most of gaming experience
-- i know going AMD would save me a ton of money, but for now i prefer Intel/NVIDIA due to past experience with there hardware..
-- color scheme is mix of red and blue; would consider go out of color scheme if there is a good quality part
-- already got a keyboard, mouse, tv, and w8.1 as OS
-- already got 6 case fans(coolermaster jetflo 120) and a fan controller, as i have these as my custom laptop cooler..
-- i like to record gameplay and build on my youtube videos..
-- also down the line would consider live broadcasting(either through steam, youtube, or twitch)
so far these are the builds i've planning to choose from(unless you guys can modify it to a better build)
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6h4VvK - XEON GTX 980ti $1488.31
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7WzfwP - i7 gtx980ti $1611.70
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Jyx3D3 - i5 gtx980ti $1454.02
motherboard = i have not much knowledge regarding quality of motherboard brands for first time builders.. read on some forums that never skimp on motherboards or you'll regret it.. tried to get i think good quality based from stars/reviews(is it a good idea?) while at same time get a $100 board
ram = does it matter which brand?? better to do 1 16gb stick(to save money) or 2 gb sticks??
gpu = i like the looks of the msi.. but is the quality of performance and brand as good as the other 980ti's on the same similar price range(like the zotac amp extreme, or gigabyte GV-N98TG1 GAMING-6GD)
cpu = the i5 4690k is cheaper than the i7 4790k, but not sure how it performs when you livestream or make cool youtube vids.. is xeon as good as alot claim with i7 performance for the price range of i5???
case = i just want the most cool looking ones, while at the same time not overspending on em..
powersupply = im not much knowledgeable regarding quality of brands.. but read on other forums that choosing a psu is like choosing your motherboard.. i just went with the cheapest i can see with a gold certification
soundcard = do i need to spend on these or just skip it??
wireless/wired network adapter = waste of money and skip or not?
cpu cooler = went with the hyper 212 plus instead of the evo version due to getting a combo with a thermal paste lol; should i get evo and just get the thermal paste from a local store?? does brand of thermal paste matters or its thermal paste(like ram is ram)
storage = for now im settling on a small ssd size since i want it for the OS and maybe just some programs; the 2tb is for storing steam games, and the 1tb is for where i want to save the gameplay recordings for less performance impact while playing; is WD really the best quality and Seagate low quality or its just a matter of preference to make it worth the extra price??
im hoping i can get good feedback from the community here before thanksgiving, as im eyeing hopefully good blackfriday/cybermonday deals for some of these parts..