So I recently won an Intel i7-3970x proccessor at a LAN and now of course I've got to use it to build a new system.
My problem is I want to build a PC under ~$1500 while at the same time taking advantage of the extreme-ness of the i7-3970x.
Here is what I've sorted through and chosen off of Newegg.com:
Cooler Master CM Storm Series Trooper Full ATX - Case
ASRock X79 Extreme6 Socket LGA 2011 - MOBO
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB - Video Card
Patriot Viper 3 (4 x 4GB) DDR3 2133 - RAM
SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 128GB SSD - HD
Corsair H60 hydro cooler - CPU cooler/fan
This leaves out the necessary larger mechanical hard drive for storage purposes and assorted optical drives.
I'm inexperienced enough that I'm having a hard time determining if these components will build a fairly "even" system or if I'm overlooking a fairly weak component that would be worth upping to bring the system up overall. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
p.s. I've considered going in for SLI'd GTX 650's but am unsure of the cost/reward benefits.
Honestly... there isn't much 'extreme-ness' to the cpu anyway.... If its new and boxed you could sell it and add the profit to your budget?
Unless its part of the T&C of the prize?
Yeah I considered that. However I will most likely never spend $1k of my own money on a processor and I was excited to be able to use such an expensive CPU. Maybe I should just sell it and get a more inexpensive processor and up the quality of the video card.
If that's the case, which video card(s) would you reccomend? Is there a video card that stands out to you? (directed at the previous poster as well)
With that amount of money (assuming you got a fairly close price on the cpu sale) you could buy and run two gtx770 4gb in sli and still have pocket change... as well as maxing just about any game for the next 3-4 years... providing they dont make crysis 4 in that timespan
But if you sell the 3970X and add another 1500 dollars to it, then you can get a much better i7 4770K build. With two 770's in SLI and what not. So if you can sell this CPU, then please sell it. As this CPU is like 2-3 years old and the haswell i7 performs almost the same to it. So there is no point in putting this CPU and also the parts like Motherboard for this CPU are quite expensive. So, for better results, sell this and get the i7 4770K which is almost as powerful as this processor for much less price.