Hello world! I am new in the field of PC building, and I've had this plan to dump my laptop for a while now. Had to buy this thing because the previous laptop melted, and this thing I'm gaming with is starting to date.
This time I'm going for a desktop build, because I realized, after passing 2 laptops, that those things simply just aren't made to handle the heat. Well, not enough to be worth a long term investment, that is.
I've read reviews of PC building and parts for a month now, but I'm still unsure what to buy to get the best "Bang for the buck".
Here's a list:
-1200$ ± 200$ budget for a gaming PC, need to buy peripherals (monitor is not included in the budget, not sure if buying at local store or online). I live in Canada, so currency is CAD. Windows 7 OS needs to be included in the price (whatever version is needed).
- Not messing with watercooling yet. I might do so when I learn a bit more about overclocking. I don't mind buying a good heatsink+fan for the CPU though.
- Pc is mainly used to play a FPS Unreal Engine game and a FPS Source Engine game. For this reason, I think I need fast, good amount of RAM, and a 120 GB+SSD drive. I tend to multitask alot when I do homework (20 internet pages + other programs), and I sometime use a map compiler for Source.
- Resolution does not matter much, but I'd like something 1080p if possible.
- Need a Keyboard too, but I don't know what is best suited for FPS gaming. Flashy lights not necessary :P
- USB 2, 3, and headset analog on front panel of case is preferred.
- I need to buy a toolkit, since this is my first build!
- Should I order all the parts from 1 distributor, to make things simpler?
After watching some reviews, I think I'll go with the AMD FX-8350 CPU with a GeForce GTX 760 GPU. I'm not sure what manufacturer I should get the card from. For the motherboard, I was thinking about a ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX, not sure if I should take UEFI BIOS installed on it though. If you think that mobo is a bit overkill, don't hesitate to propose something more appropriate. I'm totally in the dark for the rest, but for this moment and time, I think those are the best performance/value I can get.
Tell me if you agree or not, post suggestions, and pro tips are always welcomed!