Hey everyone! Just as the title states, I'm looking to build a computer, primarily for Fallout 4, that is around the $1600 price point, preferably with a black/blue color. So, as I assume no further introduction is needed, I may as well get right into the important details.
Where do you live: The United States.
Is there a retailer you prefer? Generally, no. I plan on ordering parts online.
Do you need or already have peripherals? (this can add to costs)
What will you be using your Glorious computer for? Gaming, specifically Fallout 4 :D.
Do you overclock or want to get into overclocking? Perhaps in the future, but it can wait.
Do you plan on going for custom water-cooling now, or in the future? No. This is my first build, so I'm keeping it moderately simple.
Operating System. Do you need a new one? Yep! I plan on getting Windows 10.
And since I'm going to be playing games...
What kind of settings do you like or what FPS do you want to play at? I suppose max settings, at around 40-60 FPS I guess
What resolution will you be playing at? //or would like to play at: While unrealistic, I'd love to play at 4k, but 1440p/1080p is fine.
What kind of games do you like to play? I see myself playing Fallout 4/older Fallout games, and other FPS games as well
What specific game will you be playing (if you really only play one): Take a wild guess... That's right, Fallout 4 :D!
What kind of keyboard do you prefer? Mechanical, scissor, membrane, etc.: While I've never used an actual Mechanical keyboard, I could see myself liking Cherry MX Red switches
What size monitor are you looking for, and what resolution? I guess anything from 21.5 inch to 23 inch. I see 1080p being the most reasonable resolution given my budget. As for more screen type, I really don't know much of anything about this. Whatever would work best for the given price will work for me I suppose.
So, now that all of that is out of the way, here's what I had in mind. I'll try to evaluate why I chose each part if I see it's needed.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rj6FVn
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rj6FVn/by_merchant/
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($282.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z97M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($67.97 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($489.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($71.10 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($131.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Corsair STRAFE Wired Gaming Keyboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
The CPU- This is the CPU Bethesda actually recommended for FO4, so I don't see it causing me any problems.
Memory/Ram- I mean, this RAM is just plain sexy. If it becomes essential I swap it out for something else, I'm fine with that.
HDD: WD drives are incredibly reliable (or so I've heard), and the Caviar Black seems ideal.
SSD: I figure that an SSD is near essential for this build, so I chose a Samsung EVO 850 120 gb one, to store Windows 10/Fallout 4 on.
GPU: The EVGA GTX 980 should be fantastic for Fallout 4 if I'm not mistaken, so I see it as more than ideal for this build
Case: I simply love the Corsair 450D, in its looks and reliable Corsair name.
Optical Drive: I have Fallout 1-3+NV all on disc from the Fallout Anthology, so unless I'm missing something, I think this would be a good move.
Keyboard: Although it strays away from the color scheme, I see this being a fantastic keyboard, especially with it's Cherry MX Red switches.
So, that's about it. If there is any way I should improve this build while still keeping it in my range, please feel free to leave your comments and suggestions! Thanks!