Ok so finally after months of waiting and pushing back my purchasing date im finally ready to start ordering here in 2 weeks. I would love to hear any thoughts on the parts I have chosen. I have done a large amount of research on most all of it so I will list any of my thoughts on the parts below my selection. Im pretty happy with the choices here but since it is gonna be such a huge price any opionions I will love and take seriously and check into.
This is a gaming rig im building and my gaming history goes back to the days of Everquest up until 2011. Im a MMORPG and FPS player. My hardware choices are based off of the recommended stats of not yet released mmorpgs and fps. Crysis 3 on high settings playing with a minimum of 40 fps is what im looking to acheive right from the get go. My budget is not enough yet for SLi config but the parts will be selected for future (dual GPU) SLi config.
Ill be looking to OC the machine to 4.0Ghz to 4.2 Ghz upon its creation, I would like to avoid the in depth chat on how to OC for the moment and am just looking for the confirmation that these parts can handle my objective.
175.00-Monitor ASUS VX238H Black 23
(Love this montitor it got awesome reveiws and with a 80mil contract ratio to 1ms refresh ontop of 16.7mil colors it looks to be perfect for a fantastic look)
135.00-ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77
(Was hard to find a Intel board that had a non OC ram set for 1866 for under 200$ but since im gonna have it OC guess it does not matter, the ram will be 2133 for OC and cpu between 4-4.2 Ghz)
280.00-ASUS GTX 660 Ti 2GB OC
(I wanted a 240$ card but im looking to run Crysis 3 on high on min 40fps so this looked to be the best choice altho it be exspensive to my budget)
219.00-Intel Core i5-3570K
(I really wanted for AMD FX-8350 Vishera but time and time again this cpu kept getting really good reveiws with gaming, my concern is the 4 cores and the future of gaming I know in fact the new PS4 and I think Xbox one will be going 8 cores so Im assuming this will force alot of the gaming companys to make more 8core friendly games (hope im not completely dumb on this statement hehehe)
(I chose this mainly due to price and its plus Bronze status, Im needing it to handle a 2X6pin video card GTX 660 Ti 2GB OC and be ready for a future dual GPU setup - hope this one is the most cheapest and solid selection)
67.00-NZXT Guardian Black 921RB-BL
(Love this one, it just looks so smooth, altho I could not find out if any of the USB are 3.0 I know some are 2.0, also Im curious with the cpu/fan i selected and the distance of the ram, im hoping it will not get in the way of the ram or the top mounted 120mm fan)
90.00-Seagate Barracuda 2 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb
(SSD to exspensive at this time but in the future it will be added and this will become my library HDD)
84.00-G.SKILL Sniper 8GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133
(So im assuming this reverts to the next highest non OC speed of 1600 per the mobo when not in OC mode, But i plan to have this set to 2133 OC when pc is built)
55.00-SteelSeries Merc Stealth Gaming Keyboard
(So i use my left hand on the numpad ,bad habit i know, so i noticed its frickin impossible to find a black left hand keyboard for under 100$ that is backlit, this one seems to resolve that issue)
50.00-Cyber Acoustics CA-5402 Platinum Series High Performance 5.1 Speaker System
(this is where im going cheap at i had 7.1 before so 5.1 does not bother me, i do love how it matches the look of the case tho, my concern is that the mobo is good for 5.1 , im assuming it is altho had a hard time confirming it, and ill be using the onboard audio no sound card just yet)
(also going cheap here just need 5.1 surround sound headset with good mic)
50.00-CPU Cooler Enermax ETS-T40-VD
(Ok so i want to avoid water cooling since ive seen it really isnt all that needed for 4 - 4.2 Ghz OC setup, so looking to get that confirmed and it should beable to fit in case with the side fan still on with like an inch of play between the two i think, but LOVE the led on it and reveiws show it droped temp by -10 compared to stock)
27-ASUS DVD Burner 24X DVD+R
(nothing fancy really needed here, dont need blueray on this just yet)
11.00-120mm Logisys Blue Dual Cold Cathode
(Ill be getting two 1 for the side and 1 for the back and dam they look good)
6.00-120mm Antec Blue LED
(this will be hidden so no need to be fancy just some led to show out the front grill)
7.00-140mm Logisys CF140BL Blue LED
(another very sweet lookin fan i though, this will be for the top mounted fan above the cpu)
19.00-Illuminated mouse pad , Blue LED Lighted Mouse Pad with 4 Port High Speed USB 2.0 Hub.
(had this in the past and it worked and looked great but there was not to much of a selection on these led mouse pads i could find)
1) Windows 8 64-bit is the best choice.
You can easily bypass the new "sucky" interface and run it like Windows 7 by getting START8 from Stardock for $5. Windows 8 has a lot of little improvements under the hood so it's the best way to go by far.
2) While you can easily overclock the the i5-3570K to up to 4.5GHz with a good cooler, you may wish to just keep the optimal settings to enable power savings features. Make sure to use the PROFILE option under CPU/RAM settings and that the CPU and RAM have the optimal values (CPU at 3.9GHz Turbo or whatever the value and RAM is at 1600MHz or whatever the value). I had an "overtune" option on my Asus board that overclocked to 4.2GHz but still kept my Intel Power Savings (drops down to 2GHz at lower voltage when idling so less heat output).
*Always read customer reviews. Please note that this card has a better average than others and appears to have less failures or other issues.
If your set on this approach then my advice is to wait and get a GTX700 series graphics card. There are supposedly some important improvements to minimize micro-stutter issues when using SLI. I can't recommend AMD's Crossfire at all.
In my experience, 5.1 "surround" headphones just don't work. I tried many and never experience the sound separation that is the entire point. They also use several smaller speakers rather than one larger one per ear so bass isn't as good. Also, if you use STEREO desktop speakers you'll need to keep toggling the audio setup between stereo and 5.1 every time you switch.
My advice is get the best STEREO gaming headphones you can buy.