I've been researching and reading this forum for quite some time. I have a rough budget of 1500 and I'm okay with floating around 1600 as well. My goal is for the system to last me a minimum of 2 years. I am moving overseas for a year and I can't imagine computer parts will be cheaper than they are in Canada.
I have never overclocked before but I know eventually I would like to dabble in it. I've chosen these parts with the hopes that if in a year from now I feel the sudden urge to push my system I'll be able to.
I also have a free copy of windows 8 or windows 7 so it is not included.
Any advice, help or alternatives are welcome. I am looking for silent and powerful machine!
-The Xigmatek Gaia isn't very good. The cheaper Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO does a better job at a cheaper price.
-I hope you aren't using the sound card for the monitor speakers. What speaker/headset do you have?
-The EVGA card uses a reference design cooler, which doesn't cool as well as the dual fans design put on by other companies. Never pick an EVGA card unless it has the ACX cooler on it (their double-fan cooling design).
-Personally, I like Asus monitors better. More of a personal preference though.
-Better cpu cooler at a cheaper price.
-Cheaper PSU. Antec HCG is a high quality psu, and at a cheaper price it's modular.
-Better cooling on the gpu, also runs at higher stock speed.
You might want to take out the sound card depending on your speaker/headset.
In every single head to head account of the xigmatek gaia vs cm evo 212, the gaia is always either better or on par with the evo and 6-10 db quieter.
I have the Logitech z5500 speakers in very good if not perfect shape. They are old speakers now but still the best I've come across in terms of sound quality and power. They will definitely be hooked up to my computer and spread around the room.
I was also debating the m5s vs. the 840 pro. I could go either way I guess. Cheaper is probably better.
As for the EVGA card, I thought it had the ACX cooler? I must've chosen the wrong card from the list. I intend to buy the EVGA with the acx cooler
I only want a psu that does an adequate job and doesn't sound like a turbine inside my case.