APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 2 weeks (if the reasoning behind parts sounds justified)
BUDGET RANGE: Less than $700 CAD Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Playing Left4Dead2, TF2, World of Warcraft (HIGH settings, I desire NO LAG) and general system use. My current system lags to a high extent when I have more than 30 tabs open in my web browser.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have…
Wireless Logitech Keyboard
MX revolution Mouse
Decent Altec Lansing ATP4 speakers
LG Super Multi Optical Drive
2x Samsung 2ms 22” Samsung monitors (T220 and 226BW)
640GB WD Caviar Black SATA HD (bought in August 09)
EVGA GeForce 9800GTX+ 512mb (bought in August 09)
Corsair vx550w PSU (bought in August 09)
I WILL NOT be re-using my…
Bad Aspire mid-tower
Athlon 4400+ CPU
2gb PC3200 Kingston ram
DFI NF4 Motherboard
PARTS PREFERENCES: CPU I lean towards Intel because the i5 750 kicked major rear in the December System Building Marathon. I also do not mind the PCIe limitation because I am a SINGLE GPU kind of guy (as you all say in your heads “…loser...”)
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, I’d like my GPU,ram and mobo selections to benefit from some easy beginners overclocking
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 now, but I will consider moving up to 1920x1080 in the future
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want good cooling, so I am considering the CM HAF932 case as it seems powerful and quiet. Also, not included in the budget – what would be a good aftermarket cooler for my CPU when I save up some more cash?
These are the parts I am CONSIDERING. I want your opinions on a system for me though:
The other advantage of that mobo aside from USB3 and SATA6Gb/s is that it does not use a foxconn socket (which aren't exactly safe to overclock on). You could get the UD3 version of that board to save yourself some money, and not have extra PCIE slots that you won't use. And is still a pretty good overclocker from what I have gathered.
Firstly, I am a novice overclocker myself, so I don't know yet what to look for in components, I'm still learning, and the only overclocking I've done on my RAM is to tighten the timings.
For gaming, low latency 1333mhz or 1600mhz should do you.
I've heard from a pretty knowledgeable/arrogant poster at another forum that this Kingston HyperX RAM $142 is a good overclocker (HyperX series), but personally I don't see why you should spend more than $120 on low latency 1600mhz or 1333mhz RAM.
Oh and grab the HAF 922 instead $109.99, $89.99 after MIR. $50 cheaper and basically the as the 932. Major diff is slightly smaller (but still fits a 5970 even) and 1 less fan, though you can just pick up the missing fan itself for $10.