APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: CPU will be bought some time this week, would like all parts in at most a month BUDGET RANGE: 1200-1300 (after MIR) preferably, can go over. See below SYSTEM USAGE:Hardcore gaming, surfing the web, light movie editing PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly in the future MONITOR RESOLUTION:1024x768
What is most important to me is that this computer can last me at least 5 years, and is super quiet as I am taking this to college and will need the longevity to keep my college budget down, and the peace for work and sleep. So I am willing to drop extra in order to keep this rig as longlasting and quiet as possible. Some questions:
1. Is my case good enough for an overclocked CPU? It seems to lack enough fans and air vents. I am open to suggestions for a better case, but it can't be too flashy (ex: Antec 900! ) as I don't want to attract thieves.
2. I'm torn between getting a 30 dollar Cooler Master 212 Plus or a higher tier heatsink like the Megahalems or TRUE. Do I need something that good for probably a 3.6 overclock?
3. What is a good overclocking speed that will make my CPU last as long as possible?
4. Any recommendations for aftermarket case fans that are quiet yet powerful?
1. Don't worry about flashy. Just go buy some non-LED fans. Get a 5770 instead of a GTX 260. Performs the same, $50 less. Use the money for a better case, like the CM690 II, or Lian Li Lancool K62/60/58, all at ~$100.
2. The CM 212+ should be fine. Looking into a better case would have a more significant impact. I doubt either of the other two HSFs would fit in that case anyway.
3. Depends on your CPU, but don't run it at 4.0GHz and expect it to last more than 4 years.
4. CM fans aren't bad. Scythe and Noctua fans are usually very quiet.
Edit: I hope you plan on upgrading your monitor.
Also, get this board instead. It has USB 3.0 and SATA III for just $10 more, which I'm sure you'll come to appreciate.