Hey guys! I'm an ex-console gamer who got tired of consoles and decided to join the dark-side.
I've recently made it a goal to build a PC that would not go above 1.7k, but would still last me atleast throughout high-school, maybe into college.
I will MOSTLY be using this build for Gaming/Streaming/Rendering and the occasional super multi-tasking due to school. I will be streaming with OBS, mostly at 720p when I get the chance too. I play MOSTLY MMOs but occasionally games like Bioshock, Far-Cry etc. I'll be rendering with Sony Vegas and occasionally be using Photoshop and that jazz. I plan on playing games at high/highest resolutions.
Alot of this is based off of teksyndicate's 1300 PC Build! I would've been ordering an Alienware computer if it wasn't for him! :)
So to get to the point, I have a few questions about the PC parts I will be listing here in a sec. Thank you for answering them/giving your opinions! I do not mind constructive criticism on parts but please keep in mind it is my first ever build! :-]
PCPartpicker Link: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/LegaceyKid/saved/1F0J
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor @ 219.99 on Amazon
^What is the optimal GHz when you OC this bad boy? (Some say 4.2, 4.4, I've even heard 4.8..?)
CPU-Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler @ 29.98 on Outlet PC
^Is this is a good starter CPU Cooler? Is applying the thermal paste as difficult as most people say?
Mobo: AsRock Z77 Extreme 4 ATX LGA1155 @ 119.98 on Outlet PC
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 @ 59.98 on NCIX US
^Should I get this or a G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3-2133 for 69.99? If I did, is overclocking RAM as complicated as most people have said?
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" @ 89.99 on Microcenter
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM @ 85.98 on Outlet PC
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB @ 283.98 on Newegg
^Can this GPU run two monitors? My main monitor is 120Hz, my Secondary is 60Hz (won't be gaming on it, I find dual monitor gaming a bit weird :P)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/ Window @ 99.99 on NCIX US
PSU: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V/EPS12V @ 79.99 on NCIX US
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer @ 17.25 on Outlet PC
OS: Windows 7
Monitors Asus VS247H-P 23.6" (Main Monitor) @ 149.99 on NCIX US
Acer G236HLBbd 60hz 23.0" (Secondary Monitor) @ 119.99 on Amazon
Mouse: Logitech G300
Keyboard: Perixx PX-2000 Gaming Keyboard
TOTAL ACCORDING TO pcpartpicker.com - 1516.50