Very new to the pc world, so I need some help with this build. Will be playing a wide variety of games including Battlefield, DayZ, and similar games. Trying to keep it around $1000-$1200 (USD) or lower. Any help appreciated.
Your build is very CPU heavy. Gaming build CPU's need to be powerful enough to not bottleneck a few graphics cards upgrades, that's it. Unless you have a super budget CPU, don't overclock it if it means getting a less powerful graphics card.
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Graphics card: The best one I could get and stay under $1200.
Power supply: SeaSonic makes great PSU's.
The graphics card and the power supply are the two most important components for a gaming build.
Motherboard: All solid capacitors, brand name. No need to spend money on bells and whistles if it means getting a cheaper GPU.
CPU cooler: Intel stock cooler is fine.
Case: Placeholder, put in whichever one you want. From my experience, the aura of a really cool case wears off after a few weeks but it varies from person to person.
Keyboard: From using both mechanical and regular keyboards, unless you already really like mechanicals, they aren't worth the extra cost. If you've never had one before, don't buy one.
I didn't realize the huge difference between a cpu+gpu and an apu for gaming. Been messing around with different combinations and finally found one I'm comfortable with, and would like your opinion. Oh and as for the keyboard, I played on a friend's pc and he had a mechanical keyboard with cherry mx black switches. I loved the way it played and that's why I went with it. Anyway, here's the newest build:
I still think it's too CPU heavy. :)
1) With a budget of $1625, you can get an r9 290x if you use an i5-4xxx, stock cooler, and get a less expensive motherboard.
The CPU barely matters anymore in gaming as long as it doesn't bottleneck the GPU. There was a time when it did. The idea that one should get a weaker GPU to be able to OC an Intel CPU is left over from that time.
A few super-super-high-end builds benefit from OCing the CPU but they have the most expensive graphics cards possible (usually two or three) anyway. Nowadays money is almost always better spent on the GPU.
2) Also, that power supply is cutting it really close as they lose output over time. A Corsair AX-750 or any SeaSonic 750 W power supply will be more than enough. If you go Corsair, make sure it's made by a good manufacturer since Corsair doesn't make their own PSU's.
If anyone on the forums can confirm that an r9 290x and i5-4xxx non-k would be fine with a 650 W or 700 W SeaSonic PSU, I'd be comfortable recommending one too.
How bout this?
That's pretty solid. Who makes the CSM 750W PSU for Corsair?
Also I just noticed the RAM is 2133 MHz. Faster RAM helps a lot for integrated graphics builds but does almost nothing for discrete graphics builds. The cheapest sticks of 1600 MHz, CAS 9, 1.5 V RAM will be fine. I think your processor and/or mobo can only support 1600 MHz anyway.
Actually, that mobo can handle up to 3200, but if I don't need that much for gaming I'll swap it. Also couldn't find the manufacturer for the CSM 750 so I changed that, too.
Only things I'm not that confident on are the mobo, memory, and case. The rest I'm pretty confident about.
Awesome, thanks for the feedback, love the changes :) Will I need any extra cooling fans?
Was looking through some of the other parts, and I'm wondering what you think about these: Asus A88XM-PLUS/CSM, G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400, and Asus R7260x-DC2OC-2GD5
Thanks for the info, looks like I found all the parts to build my first pc :)
I can't really tell but worst-case scenario you can get some 5.25" to 3.5"/2.5" adapters.