|reply to Phantasee |
Re: New rig suggestions
Very rarely do I see any sort of justification for a system with more than 16 GB of RAM.
Here's something I threw together...
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($186.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($97.84 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 15:31 EST-0500)
1 TB HD might not be enough for your frapsing. But, you're well under budget here. You didn't mention OCing as a priority so I gave you a Hyper 212 Evo, which will still be able to handle OCing just nothing over the top.
With ~$500 to spare, you could upgrade your case to full tower, go liquid cooling and/or get another HD.
/edit: NewEgg-only prices are $1640 so less leeway but I know MicroCenters aren't everywhere.