In the summer of 2012 I embarked on what felt like an epic adventure, building my first PC! I came naked and crying into this world at one point and I felt equally helpless as I was swimming in the vast ocean of hardware, looking for solid ground to plant my feet on. After a while I found an island of hope, which happens to be this forum. Its inhabitants were mighty helpful indeed and I was set on the right course. I settled on a build, got the parts and assembled my rig. It's been running like a dream since!
My trusty work horse was perhaps not the most powerful rig, even in its younger days, but it has served me well. It doesn't quite have the juice to keep up with the latest and greatest, though, thus time has come to adopt a sibling!
I've decided to go a little more long term this time, building for the future so to speak. One can't be prepared for everything of course but I used some components in my first build that prevents much meaningful upgrading in today's climate. I'd like to be as smart as possible with that this time around.
I tried to find some articles to narrow down my options a bit and create some sort of template as a starting point. I read through the following and think it sounds more or less like what I'm after: http://www.pcgamer.com/best-gaming-pc/
As a general rule I am decidedly more interested in running games well than running them at the absolute maximum graphics. 1440/1080p and 60fps is the target, anything above is a neat bonus. The article speculates that the rig in question would be good for about four years without upgrades (the article does presume that overclocking will be done). If anyone has a second opinion of this, that would be welcome
If you don't fancy going to a second tab to read an additional wall of text then here's the list of components:
CPU Intel Core i5-6600k $260 (£215) Motherboard Asus Z170 Pro Gaming $162 (£110) Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 (8GB) $55 GPU MSI GTX 970 4G $335 (£270) PSU Corsair CX600M 600 watt 80 Plus Bronze $65 (£61) Primary storage Samsung 850 EVO 250GB $98 (£74) Secondary storage Western Digital Black 2TB WD2003FZEX $125 (£96) CPU cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $35 (£25) Disc drive Asus 24x DVD-RW $21 (£14) Cases NZXT S340 (see below for more) $70 (£57) $1226
I'm pretty fond of Fractal Design cases and instead of the one listed above I was looking at this one. Thoughts? http://www.fractal-d...2-titanium-grey I build my first rig in their Arc case (the predecessor to this one http://www.fractal-d...ies/arc-midi-r2 )and I'm very pleased with it!
Primarily I have opted to instead go for an EVGA SuperNova G2 PSU after recommendations. Also switching the CPU cooler to a BQ Pure Rock since it's the same price but with much better reviews.
As always, thanks for any and all help, it is greatly appreciated!
Edited by Lokhe, 01 December 2015 - 06:28 AM.