It Begins! My First Custom PC Build & a Side Project.
My last desktop "died" about 2 years ago, and I've been on my laptop since. I haven't gotten around to upgrading, fixing, and whatnot for various reason that require their own separate discussion. I'll need to make that discussion too (for the good of my mental and physical health), but will save it for a bit later. The urge to upgrade can be denied no longer!
I have 2 goals for this endeavor.
- Custom build my own PC. Gaming, Graphic Design, and Game Development.
- Fix up my old desktop as something for the family. Thinking either a HTPC or something like a LAN server.
For the old PC (Old & Busted), I'm not sure what to look for, because I don't know what it will/should be. I'll discuss with family about what they would prefer to get out of it. Once that is figured out I'll ask about it on here.
In regards to the Custom PC (New Hotness), I've been researching a lot as of late and feel I've got a good handle on it. Mostly I'll just want check some crucial stuff with you veterans before I break anything (I have a big track record in that regard.)
What I specifically want out of this new PC is a moderately powerful machine that will let me play most of these new games at medium-high settings easily. I don't need to see every drop of sweat or completely smooth framerates. The above pretty much covers my work/hobby needs as well so I'll aim for the higher bar.
I've gone to NewEgg (via Icrontic's affiliate links) and started with their DIY combos. I used one I liked as a baseline and picked other parts that I wanted instead of the ones in the combo. Resulting in the following list:
- Case RAIDMAX Cobra ATX-502WBG
- Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P AM3+ AMD 970
- CPU AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz
- RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws Series
- GPU SAPPHIRE 100366-2L Radeon R7 260X 2GB
- PSU CORSAIR CSM 650W 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
- Optical Drive LG Internal Super Multi Drive SATA
- HDD Seagate Barracuda
- SSD Crucial M500 240GB SATA
Names to the side are shortened.
Not sure of a better way to list them. Be nice if I could just do one link to them all together.
- Will going from Nvidia to AMD cause problems for my previous data that I plan on bringing over from the older PC? it won't be everything, just regular files, some programs, and games.
- Is this a solid set of parts? Any foreseeable errors/incompatibilities?
- ... Can't think of any others.