It's been a while since I've upgraded my PC and I thought I would come back to my trusty, go-to website for some advice. I've put together a computer that I think will do a great job now and be pretty good as it endures the test of time. Anyways, I'd like to get peoples thoughts on it. Are there any components that are not too great? Are there any components that I could do better on for the same (or better) price? Will all of my components work (i.e. are they compatable with my motherboard)? (I'm pretty sure I'm not that out of touch, but you never know!).
Here are the specs. I'd appreciate any thoughts/comments (or even if you think it's a good setup, let me know).
Thanks a lot!
You know.... I just finished putting together a system that is almost identical to the one you have listed here. I am still building up the OS and Apps. My build consists of a i7 3770k, ASRock H77M, Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB, Galaxy GTX670 GC, CoolMax ZU Series 900W, Samsung 840 250GB, LG 14X BD Burner BH14NS40, WD 1TB Black, Lian Li V354 case.
I have two suggestion about your list that you might want to consider.
Increase the size of Samsung SSD to 250GB. You dont want to short change yourself. 500GB or more in SSD is just wacked price wise. Plus, you will have better performance with SSD that are sized 250GB and greater vs. drives that are smaller.
Memory is fine, but you may want to look at Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB low profile DDR3-1600 for a couple of reasons.... timings are defauted at 9-9-9-24 and voltages is only 1.35v. My ASRock recognized these sticks at these settings by default without any tweaking. These have tighter timings and uses lower voltages. I dont OC so I am not worried if they can or cannot OC.
Oh, you might want to add a HDD as your data storage. My setup is SSD is used for OS and Apps/Games and HDD is for Data/Misc.
Looks pretty good to me Wilyl.The HX850 is a great psu.The ram G.G suggest is great to and OC's pretty well to if you need to.I have Crucial ram also and mine OC's like crazy..The 128GB SSD 840 Pro will be fine as a Boot drive.I had my 120GB Corsair running as a boot drive for a while.But it did get pretty full at the end.I think i had about 11gb left over before i bought a second one and raided themAnd since trim works in raid 0 now with the Z77 chipset its not a problem.But you might wanna do like G.G said and step up to a 256GB.The 840 250 is only $169 at Newegg right now.Its not the pro but i doubt you will notice any difference in speed.And by the way you will love the GTX670 FTW
Thanks for the advice! Good to be back on the boards and see some familiar faces too.
So I am definitely going to go with the 250GB Samsung 840. I agree that I probably won't notice the difference. Plus, I found one on microcenter for $149, so I will scoop that up.
I also have another question. I have always been an NVIDIA guy, ever since I got my geforce 6800GT. I was totally up for getting the 670GTX, but now I'm hesitant for two reasons.
1) ATI offers 2 free games with the purchase of any 7900 series graphics card.
2) $400 just seems like a lot.
So, my question is - what are your thoughts on the Radeon HD 7950? I'm hesitant, because like Mothow said, I know I will love the 670GTX...but I also want Crysis 3 and Bioshock infinite. Also, it's about $100 cheaper....Or do I just need some sense knocked into me and buy the 670GTX?
you are putting together a pretty darn top notch system...
Top notch processor without having to sell one of your kidney or part of a liver to get one of those $ 1K extreme models...
Excellent motherboard, power supply etc.... basically the works...
At this point, dont skimp on the gpu.
There is nothing wrong with 7950 card but when compared to the GTX670 or 7970..... it get short breathed.
If you are shelling out the dough that all your other components is calling for.... do the same for the video card by getting a 670 or 7970. If you really have to have Crysis 3 then get the 7970. Nvidia has free games too if you were interested in them.
What I would do is to help you determine which card to get is you need to go over to Tom's Hardware, take a peek at the 2012 GPU chart... Look through it and see where each card falls in the rank standing for the each different game benchmarks. Make your choice from there. The one thing you dont want to do is to get a lesser card due to $$$ and then turn around and buy a new card 8 months from now just to get to the same level or slightly above to which where you could have been in the first place to begin with. You'll end up spending more money in the long run.
I have always been on the side of ATI (latest one in my primary system is a 6870) for years and years. This recent build i decided to run with Nvidia 670 as it was the better choice when it came to BF3, which is what I play most... actually the only game i play. lol. Just look at the games you mostly play and let that help you make that decision.
Back a few weeks ago when I got my Galaxy GTX670 GC, I caught it on sale for 329.99 after a 40.00 mail-in rebate... that reminds me.... i better get on the stick and get that rebate filled out and mailed in before the deadline. ooopppsss..
So dont strap the rest of your system with a component that you made a decision soley on price.
++ tip ++ : in regards to the Samsung 840, once you get this, go ahead and attach it to your current system, format it, bring it into your OS as an additional drive, download the Samsung SSD utility, update to the lastest firmware, once verified that is is still working, delete partion, and then disconnect readying it for the new install. Go ahead and do this so you dont have to worry about not having the lastest firmware on your SSD.
Although Tom's may provide more details on specific configurations or applications, Passmark's index provides a more rounded assessment and keeps updating the database over time via data input from users. Passmark also does price tracking...which can be sometimes depressing as one may sometimes see new low prices for stuff you paid hundreds of bucks just months ago.