Long-Term Battle Plan for my First Build

Code Named: ~ The Underdog ~

This will be my first build, and after months of research, this is what I have come up with.

Here is what I plan to use this system for: - Gaming (Guild Wars 2, COD Black Ops II, WoW, and eventually Indie Games and Modding) - YouTube Channel Creation - Video Editing (Adobe Premier) - Photo Editing (Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop)

My initial budget is 900.00, and I do not want to go over that (as I have other life expenses).

The idea with this build is to purchase a "foot in the door" system that will bring me into the "Intel/Nvidia World".

Spending more on things like my Motherboard, CPU Cooler, and Case Build-out (which includes fans) with the intent of keeping these items as core components for at least 5 years.

After a year or so, I plan to upgrade the CPU and GPU to higher-end models (such as i7-4790k/GTX 970 STRIX)

In the mean-time, I am planning to O.C. the G3258 to 4.5GH.

I know that until I upgrade, I will hurt in every area that's not gaming, and even somewhat in gaming itself. I also know that If I were to switch to a AMD/AMD or even a AMD/Nvidia system initially, I would be able to satisfy all of my need immediately. But as I said, I know after A LOT of research that I will eventually have a better system in the long hall with Intel/Nvidia.

Is this build/thinking wise? I would appreciate your feedback, but not your insults thanks.

I also plan to post build pics and eventually post video of my building adventure on my new YouTube Channel, which I will edit and post a link to once it goes live.

Thanks all for your feedback!

Here is the setup: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/godsgeek4life/saved/8QxxFT

~ There's No Need To Fear... ~

Some things to note.. Windows 7 home premium has a memory cap at 8gb. "Professional" and "Ultimate" do not. 

I gave it a shot helping u with your build. 


Idk the way I've owned PC's is buying 2nd-hand.. and working up from there. 

Solid plan and you know what you want. 

The only thing I might recommend is a full ATX case. You might want an ATX motherboard? Maybe in the future? But Intel does have a good line in Micro ATX, so long as you are happy with the size you are set. Just if you ever want to SLi later on you would almost definitely need a ATX board.

If you have a little more cash or can pull it from another part. You could get a better Micro ATX case. Like you were saying you want a solid core to build off. Never heard of Cougar but I am in Europe.

Other than that you have the plan down.

Maybe you could switch out the Adata for a Samsung 840 series, they are extremely good SSD's which offer performance as well as reliability. A good SSD really helps with editing, which will help you in your youtube career.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7te120bw   and here is a review: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7te120bw

And an other CPU cooler: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2  This is the best budget air CPU cooler on the market in my opinion. It got a gold rating on overclockersclub.com: http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/cm_hyper212_evo/5.htm

I would also pick this PSU over the rosewill: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-m12ii620bronze , seasonic is a well-known for their extreme quality. This PSU has a 5 years warranty and high quality japanese capacitors. It's also fully modular which means you don't need all the cables which helps with airflow in the case.

And maybe get a full atx case, it will help with airflow and give you some more room for expansion in the future, like more case fans or a full size ATX motherboard. I really like the Corsair 300R if you want a clean looking case, or if you want a flashy looking case look into the sharkoon t9 value. 

  • http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-300r
  • http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sharkoon-case-4044951012657
  • These both have good airflow, cable management and handy features like usb 3.0

So these are my suggestions see if you like them and have fun building your pc.