I find myself suddenly in need of what is essentially a new computer as my old system based on an E7200 recently failed. I decided that it made sense to upgrade the core of the computer and so I am going to be adding a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM to some of my older components in an attempt to save some money.
Since I have not built a computer in a very long time and I have a short window of time I can put this all together I was hoping for the advice of the board to save me from any particularly egregious mistakes. So here is the current plan…
The system is used for moderate gaming, office work, and some light photo/video editing. I am running a dual monitor set-up with two 1920x1200@60H monitors and my typical games have been things like BF4, Civilization, and Skyrim - though I only run games currently on a single monitor. The most intensive game I know I will be playing in the near future is Star Citizen and it requires a quad-core processor. (Might like to run both together in the future when I have the need and the cash to upgrade the video card.)
The components I currently have are:
Video Card HIS iSilence H775P1GD Radeon HD 7750 1GB
Power Supply Seasonic SS-380HB
OS SSD Mushkin Chronos 120 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (MKNSSDCR120GB)
Hard Drive SAMSUNG HD753LJ (750 GB)
Hard Drive 2 WDC WD5000AACS-00ZUB0 (500 GB)
Front Panel Syba 3.5-Inch Front Bay USB 3.0 Expansion Port and Card Reader (SY-HUB50044)
CPU Cooler Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP Heatsink with 92 mm PWM Fan
Case Antec Solo with 120mm Scythe Typhoon
My total budget for this is ~$350 which I think should enable me to get a really nice core system and can upgrade later. If I can get the core system and the video card in the budget that would be great, but I want this system to last for 3-5 years at least so my assumption is that I would be better putting the money into the MB/CPU/RAM at this point since the 7750 runs what I currently play well enough.
CPU - Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159 at Frys until 8/21)
MB - Ugh… I get lost here after not having built in a long time. My first thought is to go with:
Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($105) OR the Asus Z97-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144)
I could really use some advice and comparisons here as I don't have a lot of reasoning behind these choices other than reading generally positive reviews and others picking these in the forum. I don't generally do a lot of overclocking but it always nice to have the flexibility.
RAM - Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78)
Total Cost: $342 or $378 with the Z97
The whole system can be seen here at Partpicker... http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mr6dGX
When I run this all through Partpicker it lists my total power draw as 258 W so I think I will be ok on both heat management and the power supply.
So I would welcome any thoughts or suggestions on how to balance the price and performance side of this build. Also, if I have made any particularly stupid mistake that would be nice to know too.