My budget is around 900 before taxes, I can go up a bit but I would like to keep it around that point. I don't have any intentions of real desire to overclock. My pc usage revolves around gaming, streaming random things for friends, as well as some occasional video editing. I currently have a singular 1080p monitor, Although I will most likely attempt to hook up a dinky television as a secondary device for chat programs/browsing before getting a true secondary monitor in the future. I currently have no optical drive selected as I have a USB drive for windows 7 as well as an external USB DVD-drive should I need to use a disc, hopefully they will be recognized off the bat.
I would love to hear any suggestions you have to offer regarding my build, whether to cut cost or if you have something you feel is more efficient please let me know.
Here is my current part list:
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Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO
Motherboard: ASROCK 990FX Extreme 4
Memory: g.skill ripjaws X 2x4GB (1866)
GPU: Sapphire 7870XT
PSU: XFX 550W
1TB Seagate barracuda
128GB Crucial M4 SSD
NZXT Phantom 410
I've looked over it and don't see any glaring compatibility issues nor does the site state any. Perhaps I have missed something and a more knowledgeable person could enlighten me. I do however have a few specific points I could use some help with.
I mentioned no intentions of overclocking earlier yet I clearly have an aftermarket cooler selected. I happen to live in Florida, it gets pretty hot when the air conditioning isn't on and that tends be the case much of the year. A number of sites mention the environmental heat being a factor for cpu temperatures so I thought it may be sensible to get an aftermarket cooler. Am I over thinking this? If you are unaware temperatures here fluctuate but generally land around 80-100 degrees fahrenheit. Is adding an aftermarket thermal compound worth it as well?
I suspect I am also paying too much for the motherboard as I won't need many of its features, I am not even sure if I will have any usage of USB3.0. It would be great if anyone could suggest a cheaper board. If I am dropping the usb 3.0 I guess part of my case choice is wasted as well.
Is the crucial m4 still a valid choice for a SSD? A number of sites seemed to recommend it at least in the past.
As a final question, does anyone here have experience with Microsoft releasing OEM licenses? I've seen it mentioned on a few sites/forums but it seems people tend to have conflicting experiences with getting them to release the key for future use. I've currently got a single use windows 7 professional license and intend to attempt to get it released for the new build since the current system is well on its way to dying.
My apologies for somewhat poor formatting as well as a somewhat non specific/vague questions, I am still looking into things but having any outside analysis would be great.