I’d like some advice for building my first (custom) computer. I have a budget of at most around $1,200 (USD), but if I could go cheaper with as good of performance that would be nice too. I don’t need to buy a copy of Windows because I already have a license of Windows 10 that I can transfer over. I also don’t need a mouse, keyboard, or monitor because I have those already. I currently have a 1920x1200 monitor (Samsung SyncMaster 2443bwx), but I’d like to be able to have the option of upgrading to a better one in the future (also, because of the monitor, I need a DVI/DVI compatible port on the graphics card)
For the most part I’d be using the computer mostly for games, and while everything doesn’t have to be ultra graphics, I’d like to be able to go on medium to high settings on games like Cities Skylines and Just Cause 3. I also play quite a few oldish games, so single core performance is important for me. I’ve been looking at the intel i5-7600k or i7-7700k, but I’m not sure if these would be overkill for the types of graphics cards I could afford with them. The graphics card is the thing that I’m most unsure about, I’ve been looking at Nvidia 1050 and 1060s because I know a little about them, but as far as AMD goes I’m clueless.
For a case I think I’ve decided on the Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full tower (although originally I’d been looking to use the old case from my old dell dimension 4700 because it has some sentimental value (it was my first computer, and was a good distraction through some hard times), but from what I’ve read that would be a nightmare to complete). I don’t really care about rgb lighting, I don’t mind having it or not if everything else is the same. I would like to have a disk drive and a wifi adaptor (preferably one with an external antenna because the free wifi at my apartment doesn’t have the best strength). I would also like to be able to upgrade in the future if possible, and I don’t really care that much about noise from the computer.
I’ve come up with some builds with some of what I’ve learned and any feedback on them would be welcome https://pcpartpicker.com/user/aleksfacco/saved/stfPsY https://pcpartpicker.com/user/aleksfacco/saved/kj68K8
Also, as far as building a pc, I’m competent enough with computers to do anything except for stuff like soldering and things of that nature. The reason I’m updating is because currently I’m using either a dell dimension 4700 from 2005, or a 2015 MacBook Pro (2.9Ghz, it was a gift, also where the windows copy is from), both of which aren’t exactly suited for modern graphically intensive games.
Thanks for any help, Aleks