Hello everyone at Tek Syndicate forums.
I am another new, aspiring PC builder who needs some good honest feedback on purchasing decisions and selection of the right hardware. I live in Canada and use Canadian currency so sadly some parts that may be relatively cheap or easier to find cheaper in the United States is not applicable here. I often find sites that offer tips on building PC's give seemingly sound advice on hardware and software but list US prices and retailers. Anyway enough rambling from me . . . lets get to the details of what I have in mind.
Basically I want to build a computer principally for gaming but that can be used as a general personal computer as well. I am looking at a budget of $2000 Canadian and can only go maybe a hundred beyond that but even the two grand is pushing it for me. I hope I can put together a future proof machine with that budget that can be easily upgraded in a few years without a wholesale refit.
I also hope to have something that can run all present and soon to be released titles on high settings comfortably (ideally 60 fps). I will need the operating system, a decent gaming keyboard and mouse of course but plan on getting other peripherals in the future (such as a joystick, speakers, Track IR, etc). I have a Turtle Beach headset for gaming that works pretty well for now and do not need a microphone or speakers for the time being. I also have a 24 inch BenQ GL2450HM monitor that serves my needs at present but would like any suggestions for a replacement. The main advice I am looking for however is the computer build itself and what would be ideal for my budget.
Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K Quad Core
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper N520
RAM: Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB (DDR3 1600Mhz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB
Primary Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue 1TB (7200 RPM, 64MB Cache)
Optical Drive: LG 14X Internal Blu Ray Burner
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922M Mid Tower
Power Supply: XFX PRO Series 750 Watts
However after some research on the current state of PC hardware I thought that this build may still be lacking. Many people set primary and secondary hard drives, etc. There are many other choices but one thing I would like to keep is a Blueray optical drive, a hard drive with at least 1TB, if not 2. Yet I still find myself reeling over all the choices available for motherboards, cooling, etc. I would like to have some wireless capability although I have been made to understand this is usually the case with motherboards these days. As for cooling I have no particular preference between air cooled or water cooled as long as it is in budget and is not to fussy for maintenance. When I heard of liquid cooled computers I was a bit wary but I see it is becoming more and more the norm. I just have a fear of the consequences of the cooling unit leaking on all that hardware : / .
As for retailers I am not too picky as long as they are Canadian based, preferably within Ontario where I live. I usually frequent either Tigerdirect.ca or Newegg.ca but please recommend any other retailers you think are better stocked and priced. Really any and all friendly advice would be greatly appreciated by this novice PC builder. First time putting my own build together so I hope you can all appreciate my lack of knowledge and nervousness over how to get the most out of one's hard earned cash. Thank you for reading this wall of text.