Help building my first PC


Looking to build a good enough PC to play games like F1 2012/13 and do some music track recording and editing.

I already have a HDMI 1080p led screen from Samsung that I will not change.

I'm limited to a mATX case (due to the size of my desk), and a budget of 1000$.

I a fan of AMD but they just don't have any good mATX mb (don't know if an APU is the way).

Please help,



This machine should fit the bill. It will run any game out there on high to ultra settings, and there was enough room in the budget to add a half decent sound card.

What machine ?



It's difficult to find a decent AM3+ micro-atx mobo, so I went with Intel, and an even smaller M-ITX build.

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor.  Probably a bit overkill for music editing, but I could fit in the budget.

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard.  Z87 chipset, has Wifi if you don't have an ethernet cable.

RAM: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory.  Typical Ram

SSD: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk.  Relatively fast, cheap.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive.  Mass storage.

GPU: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card.  All you need for 1080p gaming.

CASE: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case.  A case to hold it all.

PSU: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply.  Rebranded Seasonic.  Great for the price.

Thanks it sounds good.

One last thing since I'm a musician and will be doing some recording and editing is the onboard sound card enough or do you advise me to buy a dedicated one... if yes do I need to move from ITX to mATX format ?



If you're doing some recording and editing, I'd suggest getting the Asus motherboard with the nice onboard solution: