I've been asked by my gf to build a mid-range, long lasting gaming pc. So far here's what I've got set up:
i5 2400/2500k - I don't think she'll ever need or want to OC, but do you think it would increase the longevity of the build if I did? The $30 difference is a bit much for a feature she may not need.
I have NO IDEA what constitutes a good motherboard, so any suggestions on a cheap 1155 socket mobo?
7850/7870/7950 - Again, unsure here. She often plays MMOs and RPGs, with the most intense gaming she gets up to being ARPGs like torchlight and diablo. Does anyone here think the 78xx series will hold up as well as the old 48xx line has? I still run a 4870 and it beasts through most current games with mid-high settings, but there seems to be more focus on the 5/6/79xx lines since then.
Newegg.com - Rosewill RANGER Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case,two-toned interior coating,come with Three Fans,Support up to 7 Fans, w/ Window Side Panel - pretty set on this one, looks to be a quality case at a pretty decent price. I wish they'd bring back that $50 HAF sale from way back, but then I guess that's everyone's dream.
She's decided against an SSD, at least in the near future, so I'm just going to grab a 7200rpm 1tb someplace when it comes time to buy. Any specific suggestions?
8gb ddr3 1600 is the aim, can expand it later if/when she needs it. Do the fancy sticks with the flashy heat spreaders matter at all without any OC involved? Or would I be better off with a well reviewed set of generic sticks?
Rosewill's quality seems to have been coming up lately, but how trustworthy are they with their PSUs? I'd like to grab a 450w without paying an arm and a leg for the damn thing.
And of course a dvd burner (screw blu-ray prices), case fans if necessary, fan controller after that, etc.
This pc would have to last her AT LEAST 4 years, playing the latest games at at least mid range settings. It doesn't need to pull 60 FPS on everything, but mid settings have to be playable through at least 2016. Any help anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated, thanks :)