Hey guys, following on from my questions regarding how to improve my laptop, I've looked into possibly just getting a new PC... And I've been researching the possibility of building my own (desktop) for the first time.
I am a total noob at this kind of stuff. Ideally I'd like to find a guide somewhere that demonstrates the step-by-step construction of a particular build that suits my needs, but although I've found a few tutorials on Youtube, none are ideal because:
1) Too expensive.
2) Too old.
3) Suggests components and/or builds I don't quite like.
So I've come up with a draft build based on my research thus far, and I'd appreciate your advice, feedback and answers as always. I've gone for safe and 'mainstream/popular' options by default, but if there are cheaper (but still reliable) alternatives, I'd love to hear it.Motherboard
ASUS Z87M-PLUS Motherboard with 1150 SocketI don't really know much about motherboards other than that they come in different sizes and Intel and AMD are not compatible. I think this is one of the bigger motherboards that you can get, which is good because I want as much space as possible, both to fit fans, and to give me options for upgrades in the future. Also I found a tutorial online which used this particular model, so it might be handy given so many things connect to the motherboard. CPU
Intel CPU i5-4670K 3.4GHz Socket 1150 Quad Core Haswell Retail with Heat Sink FanMy research indicates that modern computer performance bottleneck is GPU rather than CPU, and there is little practical difference between i7 and i5, so I decided to save on ~£70 here. It looks like all CPUs come with their built-in fans, but I've seen guides that strongly recommend me to buy an improved cooling fan. I currently have no idea what options I have and whether this really is so important. Advice would be appreciated! GPU
EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX780This is one big item in terms of cost. According to Passmark.com, there is a bigger performance difference between GTX770 and GTX780 and those further down the heirachy, but there is also a big price difference 770 and 780 (about £150), and I am not sure that's a price worth paying, so I will probably downgrade to a GTX770.
If I do that then I am looking at EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 Superclocked 2GB GDDR5 or Asus GTX 770 Nvidia GeForce DirectCU II OC 2GB GDDR5. The difference between the two appears to be £30 and that the EVGA one is "superclocked"... what does that mean?
Also, GPUs seem to come with fans, but I've seen guides recommending against using standard fans, though I can't remember if they were referring to both GPU and CPU coolers, or just CPU.
Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State DriveI definitely want a SSD hard drive for my OS and games, and Samsung appear to be the big players here. I noticed that Crucial offer a cheaper 480 GB version, but I don't know if it is as reliable/compatible.
Seagate ST1000DM003 1TB SATA 3 Hard Drive 7200rpm 64MB Cache OEMThis 1 TB conventional hard drive will be used for actual data storage, be that music, videos or documents. I see no reason to buy anything but the cheapest available since I don't intend to do anything intensive with software installed on this drive. Memory
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz8GB seems to be more than enough for my needs, and this Corsair options seems to be popular and highly recommended in a number of guides that I've found. Case
Corsair Carbide Series 300R CC-9011017-WW Windowed Gaming CaseI've gone for a fairly cheap option here, mostly because it is very highly rated on Amazon and I wanted something that looks reasonable, has good air flow and plenty of space. If anyone has any great suggestions in the same price range (£40-£70) or has a good reason I should invest in something more expensive, please do let me know! Power Supply
Corsair Builder Series CXM 750W Modular 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX/EPS PSUProduced by the same company that made the case, so I expect no compatibility issues here, and this particular model seems to be very popular and highly rated.
Other than peripheries like monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers, I think that's it... Have I missed out anything obvious? How does this system look to you?