I just had a really long talk with my brother just now... He is in the computer business, he is like a software bug tester of some sorts at his work. He has a computer engineering degree so I trust his opinion, even if I don't agree with it initially.
He was telling me since this is my 1st foray into a gaming computer, and it's going to built by NCIX rather than self-built, that I am still new to all of this. Even after all those research I have been doing. He is saying to go ahead with a new gaming computer but get medium to high-end computer and not get the best one at the moment. He also was dead against watercooling since it is not mainstream. It is still in the minority and people don't have much experience with them and there are more risks involved in them. He suggested against any type of watercooling, even the pre-filled watercooling systems. The reason he also said this was because I have other priorities in my life such as schooling that I need to do (nursing hopefully), which will need majority of my attention and I won't have time to worry about whether my system is running fine or if the watercooling is working fine, etc.
The problem for me is, that first of all, I want to get a system or computer components that are not the best of the best. Here are my criteria:
- I want my computer to last me for 3 years without any maintenance or upgrade needed since my old computer (current one) lasted me that long.
- I want to only do mild overclocking maybe an year or two down the road, and I specifically don't want to do the advanced type of overclocking. I want only the user-friendly, newbie-friendly overclocking. I want like the push-of-a-button type of overclocking software or whatever. My brother also said majority of the people are not overclocking and it is just starting to gain popularity in gaming.
- I want an aesthetic looking computer overall, if possible since it is going to sit on my new computer desk. So LED fans, good-looking computer case, mesh side panels (for more cooling) is what I am looking for.
- I also want, which is one of the top criteria, actually THE top criteria for me, is that I don't want to spend too much but I want to get computer components that perform as close to the performance I need to run my games and other things. I want 45-60 FPS consistently in ultra settings in games like WoW, D3, SC2 and maybe SWTOR... and maybe down the road, GW2. I am a blizzard fan boy, and I love Blizzard games, so I want to be able to run Blizzard games easily on max/ultra settings. I am someone who likes the aesthetics much more than most people out there. I like WoW for the sole reason that it looks prettier than most games. I don't like RIFT because their graphics just don't sit right with me... I find even SWTOR graphics a bit sterile. I like colourful and exaggerated graphics. So WoW is one game that has that, which I have loved for many many years and will continue to love for many years to come.
Anyway, the main point is, I want 45-60 FPS consistently in WoW, D3, and SC2 AND this should include expansion packs in the next 3 years for these games, hopefully.
LONG story short:
No go on the watercooling, the H100 or the H100i or any of that push/pull thing, for now :/.
Also, no go on the NZXT cases, or full-tower cases. I will be sticking with the Corsair 500R for now since its cheap and a mid-end case with lots of cooling.
Now, I need a good air cooler that will aid me in mild overclocking later down the road AND it is not big friking thing on top of my motherboard, lol.
Hope you guys can help me with that.
AND I need to trim the overall costs a bit if possible... I am FINALLY going to post a somewhat finalized build at the top of this thread in the OP as well as the end of this post... very soon.
Forgot to add something (I always forget to add something, ugh).
My current computer has temperatures of close to 75C-80C when I am playing WoW and SWTOR. If I can get a computer that will be cooler than this with fans mounted everywhere in a case, that would be perfect and no need for watercooling, for now. AND please, no large air coolers if possible... I don't even know if small ones exist but I would prefer a good balance of performance/price/aesthetics if at all possible.