Just finished my first build ever. Here's some background on my gaming "rigs":
- 2008 - Started playing World of Warcraft on a Dell Dimenionsion workstation that a really nice IT guy gave me. AGP for life! Retired Dinosaur
- 2009 - Upgraded to the super badass IBuyPower rig for a crazy $579. AMD Athlon II x2 (Regor) and M4A77TD motherboard I believe.What's left of it
- 2009 to 2013 - Just kept adding RAM and new GPU's to the problem of having a crappy CPU. It sufficed for WoW but now I'd like to play GW2 a bit.
Finally got a promotion and decided it was time to buy myself a better rig.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($50.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-S4S-10AK-GP 60.9 CFM 140mm Fan ($7.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (32/64-bit) ($166.68 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($167.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($97.83 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer Naga 2012 Wired Laser Mouse ($62.00 @ Amazon)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-18 09:12 EST-0500)
Having zero experience with building a rig there are obvious oversights. I probably could have saved some money in multiple places (PSU, Mobo, GPU) and I could have used that money to buy RAM (1333 right now is from old rig). I'll be upgrading that next, but the bank account needs a small break.
First trip to MicroCenter
Initial build with old GPU (HD6770)
After that I started everything up and GW2 looked pretty good, but it wasn't maxed. I tossed around the idea of a Tahiti LE vs the 7950 and decided to just go with the 7950. No logical reason other than the fact that MicroCenter had it in stock (right down the street from me) and a co-worker said he really liked his Gigabyte 7950.
Installed the 7950 - here's a non-flash version
...and a version with flash
So, what did I learn in all of this?
- Building your own rig is really rewarding and I will never buy pre-built again.
- These forums are super helpful.
- Be more patient when picking out components. Readily available doesn't always mean most ideal.
- Be more prepared for Cable Management. I'll be disconnecting everything and re-doing it so it doesn't look like it does right now