So last Christmas and New Years I rounded up some bones did a little research (not nearly enough) and built my first build.
CPU | Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor |
CPU Cooler | Zalman CNPS9700 LED Ball Bearing CPU Cooler |
Motherboard | Asus Z87-Pro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard |
Memory | Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory |
Storage | Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive |
Storage | Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive |
Storage | Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive |
Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card |
Case | Apevia X-DREAMER4-GN ATX Mid Tower Case |
Power Supply | Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply |
Optical Drive | Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer |
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) |
Monitor | Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor |
I wanted a PC that could emulate and play the next gen stuff, but had no experience with computers. So, the decisions I made for my parts were based off of Toms Hardware’s Skyrim benchmark reviews and of course, the parts’ colors had to match!
Now I’m noticing tearing and stuttering in some games, BF4 with AA on Ultra for example. My question, is there any way to optimize this build - not really sure what I even mean by that, where should I put my money for upgrades in the future, and is there any literature anybody can kick my way that could get me up to speed on PC parts, building, and what not.