I have decided to build a "gaming rig", but thre problem is that I'm no gamer, so I would greatly appreciate any advice you could give me.
Also, I will probably not ever want to overclock - I just really want to play GTA IV and GTA V when (/if!) it comes to PC, and just use the PC for PC-like things.
I have compiled a list of stuff that I think I want (OK, I copied it from some gaming rig specs I found, but it looks good enough) - Could you give me your opinions as to whether it is good enough, or over-kill, and whether all of the parts 'match' nicely?
I will recycle (as in re-use!) the following (unless advised otherwise):
2x Samsung SSD, which are in RAID-0 (Or striped, whichever that one is) - That's 2x128GB that I use for the system drive.
My 800-watt "WinPower Plus" PSU
My LG DVD reader / writer (Are games still on DVDs...?!)
My InWin DragonSlayer gaming case.
16 GB of Corsair Vengance RAM (4x4)
I will get the following (again, unless advised otherwise)
Asus MAXIMUS VI GENE Intel Z87 Socket 1150 Motherboard
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Socket 1150 Quad Core Haswell
NH-U9B-SE2 - Noctua NH-U9B SE2 Dual Fan Quiet CPU Cooler
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Superclocked ACX Nvidia Graphics Card
(This might be a good time to mention that that InWin case is mATX...)
As for budget - well, because I really only want these games, I want to spend the least possible to get something that will play 'em with good settings. In my current rig, I had an ATI Radeon HD5450 1GB card, and had to lower all of the in-game settings alot to make it playable. (Also, the current PC is AMD
I was also thingking of getting 3 "Seagate 3TB Performance" SATA 3 Hard Drives so I could use this Storage Spaces thing in Windows 8 with mirroring / parity, but the PSU only has 3 sata and 4 four-pin Molex power connecters, and there are 3 case fans that have molex power plugs, so I was thinking about
getting a converterer to allow me to power 2 or 3 case fans from a single plug.
I don't think this will be a problem for air flow - the case has a fan in front of the 3-bay hdd space, and a 12-cm fan above that with nothing in the way.
Anyone use Storage Spaces? Good / bad?
Also, the PSU has 2 six-pin pcie plugs, and the new card wants 1 six-pin and 1 eight-pin - It looks like it comes with some converters, so I can use the existing 2 six-pin plugs in a converter to the eight-pin, and 2 molex for the other.
This means that I may have to double-up power on some other stuff (like the case fans, as mentioned above) - will I have any problems with this?
I think that is all there is to say for now, though no doubt I've missed out loads of stuff!
Thanks for at least reading this!
Best Answer +Majesticmerc , 25 November 2013 - 21:38
Ok, I think I've got it sussed now...
Getting the following
- EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Superclocked ACX Nvidia Graphics Card
- Gigabyte GA-Z87MX-D3H Intel Z87 Socket 1150 Motherboard - I like the look
of it lol
- Intel Core i5-4670K - Who knows, I may get brave and try overclocking in
the future, and it is only £10 difference.
- That mounting kit so I can re-use my existing cooler. (That chip package
is without cooler)
- The EVGA 120-PG-0650-GR SuperNova NEX 650W Power Supply - More than
enough connecters already, so I won't have to worry about splitters!
- Maybe three 3-TB HDD for this Storage Spaces idea of mine. Still unsure there!
And will reuse the case, SSDs (though I might remove one so I don't need
to do any RAID), RAM and cooler (with the above-mentioned mounting kit).
Thanks a lot for all of your input on this.
Seems good to me! The only thing I'll comment on is that I don't think you need to RAID 0 your SSDs. You won't see any significant difference in speed (SSDs are already crazy quick) and 256GB of very fast storage will be much more useful to you than 128GB of extremely fast storage.
If you're unsure about your 3TB "storage spaces" thing you want to try, how about sticking with one 3TB drive for now, and then add additional drives as you need them. You'll save a good £160, and you can still spend that money if you need it later Go to the full post