Hi everyone! I am building a new gaming PC, and am having some difficulty deciding between cases and motherboards. I have narrowed it down, but I was hoping to get some feedback on what case/motherboard to get. Here is my potential build:
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM, Corsair 500r, Corsair 550d (I did not put the Fractal Design R4 here because it seemed to be really heavy. I'm still debating whether or not that is a good thing.)
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme 6, Gigabyte UD5H, or Asus p8z77-v pro
GPU: Galaxy gtx 670 2gb
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600 8gb
PSU: PC Power and Cooling 750w 80 plus gold cert
SSD: Samsung 840 256gb
HDD: Western Digital Blue 7200rpm 1tb
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit
Extra: Wireless PCI card (I will unfortunately need to have wireless capability), quieter fans
I don't plan to do too much overclocking, but I want to make sure I have a setup where I can play the latest games on ultra and can make upgrades in the future. I plan to have this computer for a while (5+ years). I would appreciate any feedback you could offer! Thanks!
It allows for SLI or crossfire (who knows what the future holds) and has 7.1 surround analog and digital outputs. Not that you're looking for a deal, but it seems like it has a lot of features most people will actually use for a really great price.
Get the Gigabyte GTX 670 over the Galaxy otherwise it all looks good to me. Of those case choices I'd go with the Corsair 500R (but beware the white panels aren't easy to keep clean).
Thanks for the advice! Why the Gigabyte 670, and 500r? Just curious. Also, which mobo? Sorry, I just am so torn between these components!
Gigabyte 670 has a custom three fan cooler that doesn't overheat where the Galaxy card uses NVIDIA's single fan reference cooler.
The 500R is a great case - I use it on my work PC and it's very solidly constructed and has excellent cable management and native SSD support.
As far as the motherboard goes you'll get a lot of varying opinions here - I am partial to Gigabyte as my last three boards have all been Gigabyte and they've all worked flawlessly. I am currently using the UD3H on my home rig and it's an excellent board - love the 3D BIOS on it.
Personally, I've had great luck with the reference cooling in my EVGAs 680s though. The highest they get is high 60Cs. I think they've improved the reference cooling capabilities tremendously going from the 500 series to the 600 series. As a comparison, my 580s always ran right around 90C.