Hello everyone. First of all, I'm a frenchy, so please be tolerant.
So, because I am a little good boy, here are my answers:
- Budget. How much are you willing to spend?
I am willing to spend multiple Ks, as long as it gives me enough for my money.
- Where do you live (what country), and what currency do you use?
I live in good old Canada, in Quebec
- -Is there a retailer you prefer?
Anyone capable of giving me good service and good prices. I've had good times with tigerdirect.ca (when they were actually a good retailer) and now with Newegg.ca
- Do you need or already have peripherals? (this can add to costs)
I am going to take it slow on buying those since I already have the basic things... 10 times (like we don't all have 10 keyboards somewhere).
- What will you be using your future computer for? Gaming? Rendering? Mix of both? Or is this a home media PC?
So this is the reason for many decisions you might find irrational. I will be using my PC as a main gaming machine for the next 2 to 4 years (I am going to upgrade it in times as GPU requirements becomes more demanding, etc). I am also going to use it for main storage or data for about 1 to 3 years, then switch to a NAS. Finally, after it's gaming times, I might use what's left of it for a VERY LITTLE home server (might end-up as a server-storage machine if the NAS experiment doesn't go well).
- Do you overclock or want to get into overclocking?
I got no problems regarding overclocking, except that it might reduce the lifespan of my hardware, and since I'm planing on using it for multiple things for a long time, I might now go into O.C. on this one.
- Do you plan on going for custom watercooling now, or in the future?
Well, I don't think so on this machine, but I'm going to experiment it in the future of course.
- OS. Do you need a new one?
I can get one. 7 might be it for me.
- What kind of settings do you like or what FPS do you want to play at?
I'm trying to aim at playing what comes out at max for as long as my mobo can support what's gonna run it. Going for a 1150 was in case the next CPU gen is compatible with my mobo (I know there's a chance it won't). Also, I'm getting ready for multiple GPUs (that's why I got that PowerSupply).
- What resolution will you be playing at? //or would like to play at.
I'm an old classic 1 screen player. So 27 inches of 1920x1080 or maybe 2560x1440 at first, then 4k when they are affordable. I will also have a second display for watching movies while mining at StarCitizen... of course. Finally, the Oculus Rift won't be far on my desk.
- What kind of games do you like to play?
What kind of games can you give me? I got my 1st PC when WoW got out... then my 2nd one when I needed to play EVE online. Now, I'm running on my poor little university laptop while playing SC2, LoL, WoT, GW2, Minecraft, name it.
- What specific game will you be playing (if you only really play one)
StarCitizen if it ain't too crappy.
So now that you have a better idea of what my mindset was,
CPU: I chose 4770 over 4770k since I'm not planing on Overclocking over the 3.9 that the turbo software is going to give me. Since 4771 = 4770 almost, I took the 4771
GPU: I want to be able to run the best on 1 card as long as I can, then add another one later.
RAM: from what I read in a lot of forums, 1600 cas latency 9 2x8GB is enough.
Storage: a 500 SDD seems much more than enough for OS + all current games IMO. Torrents will run on the 2TB HDD. Back-up will be safe in a nice RAID 1 setup with 2 4TB HDDs
Cooling: I'm planing on playing a bit with the Kraken X60 with my CPU. If I like it, I might play with other things later in my life :) Other than that, I'll get some nice "Noctua NF-A14 PWM 140mm Case Fan" if the ones I get with the case aren't worth it.
Down bellow are 2 links: one pcpartpicker (just did it.. didn't know it existed)
Also, there's a copy of the googledoc I used to build my setup with some info you might find usefull over the partpicker list.
What I would like: some feedback, questions and suggestions, and if necessary, teach me where I goofed ^^