Just wanted to post my build here and see what people thought! The budget is ~$2500, has to include a great monitor for both gaming and art work, and last at least 5 years but allow for expansion/additions. My current PC is an old pre-built Dell Inspiron 530 from ~2005/6 (can't remember) and when it was bought it was done so on a very small budget. So, now, I'm upgrading in a big way and looking for some input.
Here she is: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($728.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($139.86 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K95 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: HUE Led Controller ($30.00)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-23 07:31 EDT-0400)
What I intend to use it for:
- Music production (in 2 bm/dm bands and sick of my current rig crashing my DAW).
- Digital art. (Zbrush, Adobe suite, lightwave, etc.)
I'm pretty set on most of the parts (I think) but the monitor is the only thing I haven't nailed down 100%. I have done a TON of research on all the pros and cons of TN vs IPS and their differences. I could probably recite monitor-speak in my sleep at this point. I need something great for gaming but also good for blu-ray viewing and color reproduction so if any of you guys have some solid suggestions for a monitor that would be more than capable for those needs I'm all ears. I'm able to spend up to $400 on the monitor.
Anyway, thanks for taking a look! If you have any other suggestions or comments leave 'em below and I'll try to respond asap