someone had cash and time to burn XD
well hey, i'm not going to hold it against you. it's an absolute stunner for sure.
aww, it was so beautifully color-coordinated until i saw the K90 XD
that explains a lot, then. can't turn down free stuff, huh? :)
the 3770K doesn't give much improvement over the 3570K, which is about $100 cheaper; with that money saved, you could've gotten an SSD to complement that 1TB drive.
a very stellar build you got there. props on such a great first build, and great reasons behind your choices.
hope you really enjoy that K90 ;)
"The likelihood is that most programmes will only start using 8 cores after this pc is replaced."
tell that to Crysis 3: http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r28031659-Crysis-3-CPU-Benchmarks-Vengeance-of-Multi-Core
also, since the Playstation 4's official specifications call for an 8-core processor (likely from AMD), games that use 8+ cores will come much sooner than you might expect
ah, i see. in that case, let me correct my prior comment; it's not bad for less than $600, especially with the light kit. perhaps we could get some night shots to see it glow?
i think you have the wrong RAM listed. your pictures show a pair of red Ripjaws series RAM. also, it would be nice to show what case you got
other than cable management (i know that feel), it looks pretty solid. you could've gotten a better value on the GPU by getting an HD7750 or HD7770, but the Nvidia solution allows you to take advantage of CUDA and PhysX. still; not bad for less than $500.
awesome choices you made, especially with the purchases. do update with the graphics card when you get it
i hear ya. hope it all works out
just so you know, you may run into an interface bottleneck for your GPU because you have your graphics card in the second PCI-E slot, which is only wired for X4 (i'm aware your first one is burned out for some reason; consider getting that fixed while you're at it)
i like it. at least you have an excuse to use more than 8GB of RAM with a Minecraft server.
also consider getting an SSD. Dashie will thank you XD
i'm not aware of any framerate numbers for flight sims and racing games with regards to the build i suggested for reference, but it should run something like that at max or near-max settings just fine. from my knowledge, those kinds of games tend to be GPU-intensive... but don't quote me on that.
most games nowadays only utilize two full threads at the most, but thankfully games benefit most from a strong GPU. if there was any component you don't want to cheap out on for gaming, it's the GPU.
your best bet is to save up that $600 or so to get everything for your new computer at once. you might get a few more months out of your older power supply, but don't go about relying on it for an extended period. i personally wouldn't use a very old power supply, especially with brand-new equipment that you may be keeping around for a few years before your next upgrade cycle.
something of note about MicroCenter: the Intel CPUs are deeply discounted (33% off a 3770K if you get it in-store), while you can get a $50 discount on AMD combos. just so ya know :D
if your priorities are gaming, i would recommend the i5; however, since you've stated other workstation-oriented tasks such as video editing, if that happens to be the priority the FX-8320 will be the better choice overall. in either case, both will maintain 60+ frames with a strong graphics card at max settings unless you were playing Starcraft 2 or Civilization 5 (the only two games that I know of that actually benefit from strong single-threaded CPUs, a strong point for Intel)
in short, it really comes down to your priorities and how much you're willing to spend.
wow, a 7900GT. that IS ancient XD
anyways, cut to the chase. as luck would have it, i happen to have a planned build in the mid-$600 price range centered around gaming. feel free to use this as a reference: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A4id
no matter what route you'll take, you will DEFINITELY want to get a new PSU, as your old one is probably on its way out.
for a home theater PC? get an A8 or A10 APU. the integrated graphics on those things are equivalent to a low-tier discrete GPU, and they're inexpensive too. the A10-5800K runs for about as much as an i3-3220 and provides a much better graphical experience.
ah, okay, good reasons behind future-proofing. consider taking more advantage of the hardware by adding a mid-tier GPU into the mix when you can.
everything looks good, though unless you're looking at an upgrade later on down the road, a 620W PSU is a bit overkill.
i find the cheaper one is much more balanced. since you're not overclocking or gaming, both the Z77 chipset and the 3570 would give no benefit.
otherwise, it looks great. with the money saved, you could invest in a new monitor for your friend.
first off, Home Premium is not compatible with more than 16GB of RAM, so that 32GB set would be half-useless. you'll also have no real need for a premium motherboard unless it has features you need/really really want.
my recommendation for each: get Win8 and immediately install something that would get rid of Metro and bring back the Start button, and unless the Sniper has something you want, consider something like this motherboard: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-p8z77m
if you also happen to know of a MicroCenter in your immediate area, go there directly and get your 3770K. you'll get it at the 3570K's price.
it would be nice to know the purpose of this system is so we could get a better idea of what could be changed.
I see someone remembered to get faster RAM to go with that A10. Nice job, it looks stunning.
you COULD get ClassicShell for Win8 to restore prior Windows functionality, but i guess the reasons are more personal than that
AMD has gotten much better with their graphics drivers over the lifespan of the HD7000 series, but i see where you're getting at. certainly nothing wrong with getting a GTX670, and you're able to take advantage of PhysX and CUDA
i heard a lot of controversy surrounding that particular review with regards to the quality of motherboards between the two systems and their graphics solution (an HD7870), which was why i said something about it. whether or not it would've made much of a noticeable difference is up for debate.
i'm aware of this particular benchmark, and people are saying it's a badly-conducted benchmark in AMD's favor. i kinda have to agree with that, considering they gave the AMD system better overall hardware. however, in real-world scenarios, you wouldn't notice much of a difference between the two brands unless you benefited from a 120Hz monitor and played CPU-intensive games such as Starcraft 2 and Civilization V - in which case you would be better off going Intel.
i say definitely upgrade to a GTX670 or the GTX700 series later on, but make sure to get a bigger hard disk. i guarantee you'll fill that 200GB hard drive up faster than you'd expect XD
You're quite welcome, always glad to help.
I didn't know color-coordination was important to you, but yeah; if you wanted that, the only thing that I would change would be, coincidentally, the RAM. Other than that, you've got all black-and-blue parts, so it should turn out nicely.
Happy building! :D
As luck would have it, I have a saved build that more than meets your requirements, and with some minor changes here's what I've got for you: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yYGk
I chose an AMD FX-6300 because getting an Intel i-series processor (in particular the i5-3570K) would be take a good bundle out of your budget, and unless you benefit from a 120Hz monitor or play Starcraft 2 at max settings you won't actually see much of a difference between an i-series and an FX-series processor. Not to mention you can overclock AMD's processors more intensively than a non-K Core i-series to get even more performance out of it if you really need it.
I have the 870 chipset version of the Gigabyte motherboard I'm recommending you, and it's one of the cheaper and more familiar ones that I know of. The Kingston RAM is fine, but I chose the G-Skill RAM because I am familiar with them too. For an extra $5 I doubled your HDD storage capacity to 1TB, and I dropped the cost of your HD7770 while getting you the GHz Edition so you can get slightly more performance out of it.
You don't exactly need 450W of power let alone 630W, but XFX has their power supplies made by Seasonic, which is a very reputable brand. Even with 450W of total power you'll still have plenty of overhead for future upgrades, and you'll save a few bucks in the process.
The total comes out to just over $600 with discounts and mail-in rebates, but doesn't include taxes. This should be plenty of space between your strict limit, so you can add a good wireless card and maybe even put those savings toward games and peripherals.
normally, one would be criticized for having such an expensive AMD build, but for your intents and purposes, it makes perfect sense. all of it looks fantastic; i hope it lasts you a good while!
i'm not OP (obviously), but i think a clue would point to his usage. AMD's Piledriver cores do best in heavily-threaded productivity applications such as rendering, video/photo editing, and general development if the right software is used. in most cases, the FX-8350 does better than an i5-3570K and, sometimes, an i7-3770K.
i can't help but point out the lack of a mass storage drive. the SSD is nice, yes, but you may be surprised by how quickly you'll occupy 180GB of space in so little time. if you'll be storing massive photos, consider at leat 1TB. also, consider getting a less expensive monitor; yes, IPS panels are great, but something like an Asus VE-series ( http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-ve248h ) would work just fine. the savings would make room for a mass storage drive and a good aftermarket cooler like the Hyper 212.
everything else looks fine for all intents. just remember that the i5-3570 and an H77-based motherboard won't let you overclock, so bear that in mind when planning this out.
just putting this out there: you'll be criticized for having a $2000+ AMD-based system. :D
everything else looks good, though. it'd be interesting to see how this performs.
why a Win7 Home Premium 3-pack?
otherwise, everything looks good. consider upgrading to an SSD and non-stock cooling further down the line.
the PSU could've been worse; you could've had a Coolmax or Raidmax PSU (DOA personal experience for the former and stories from a friend on the latter). i currently have an OCZ PSU, and it's been going for at least two years now and it's not showing any sign of dying anytime soon. (knock on wood)
since you did say you wanted to do more intensive tasks later on, i would suggest upgrading those 660Ti's later on down the road. as others have stated, the memory bus holds it back. i would suggest waiting for the GTX700 series or the HD8000 series unless you insist.
otherwise, i probably would've gone with a different route for building. i definitely would've gotten myself a 2+TB regular drive with what you spent on that VelociRaptor, and unless you already have a Blu-Ray player i probably would've gotten a Blu-Ray drive
i can't find any criticisms about the build itself; however, i'd like to hear your opinion on the Tiamat 7.1 headset. not very many people were happy with it, especially with the microphone. how do you like it?
the "budget" part is something that concerns me, considering all the parts here sum up to more than $1400-ish... not quite something i'd consider "budget" in your case, but i guess to each their own.
i am rather curious, however, to learn of your opinion on the FX-8350. how's it working out for you? and what do you typically get in games framerate-wise/performance-wise?
stress tests with Prime95 are usually done across 24 hours. just putting it out there :P
since everyone is criticizing on RAM, perhaps i can offer up the option of using that excess RAM in a RAM drive? i wouldn't exactly know what it'd be used for, but hey; you never know.
i'm curious as to the frames in certain games such as Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3, since all the benchmarks i see show that AMD typically doesn't do all that well in games. also, are you planning on doing anything that would take advantage of the 8350's multi-threaded potential, like video editing/encoding?
you've got some nice equipment except for that PSU. i know someone who went through three Raidmax PSUs in two years - all of them fried upon startup suddenly. i would keep a close eye on it and plan an alternative like Corsair or Seasonic.
also, to be a bit on the safe side, i'd get an external drive and do regular backups in case that PSU does more damage than simply giving out.
you, good sir, should be proud of your build. i'm truly afraid of criticizing your superb handiwork, but i bet if you found a way to add the GPU into the loop it would be that much more awesome.
then i must commend your bargain beast of a machine. i hope it lasts for awhile, and there's certainly no reason why it shouldn't.
i don't know why people keep dissing OCZ power supplies. on the build i currently use, i use an OCZ StealthXtream 600W PSU - been going for at least two years so far with daily use and i haven't had any troubles with it.
nonetheless, that's a great build you got there. like someone said earlier, i would've gone with at least two 4GB sticks of RAM instead of 4 2GB sticks