I'm trying to stay within a $500-700, something near or under 600 is preferred.
I generally do web surfing, but I do some gaming (TF2, Starcraft, League of Legends). I understand my gpu isn't the greatest, but I feel like it should be fine for my needs. I don't run very high settings. Oh also I have a copy of windows 7 that I'll be using.
Well you cant overclock with that motherboard , so paying extra for "K" cpu is wasteful .
In fact since the cpu is massively powerful and gpu a realitive weakling you should probably consider buying the cheapest socket 1155 i5 quad core and putting the money you save towards a better graphics card
My total cost now (including stuff not changed): $622
Just a couple of questions. My previous one, how do you determine if you can overclock with the mobo? And second, is there a video card better than the HD 5670 that is worth buying? (are they just the video cards on the charts that's above the 5670?)
Also checking the HD 5670 again, it uses a PCI 2.1 x 16 slot, while the mobo I picked only has a PCI 2.0 x 16. Is it compatible?
The 8 gig of RAM is wasteful and wont help in gaming . Use 2 x2 gig instead
The SSD also is not a good spend at this price point . It might make programs open a little faster , and games load a little quicker but general performance is not improved by using one
For the best gaming experience spend the money you save on these on a better graphics card . Thats especially important if you have a high resolution monitor
The OC question is too big to answer in detail but
H61,H67 motherboards cant OC
so can Z68
"K" chips are unlocked meaning you can OC just the processor and not the entire motherboard/ram at the same time which makes it a whole lot easier
I'm not too sure about the 6670, but I'm pretty sure its a rebranded 5670. I just looked at why the 6670 is worth so much more, and that 5670 DDR3 vs. the regular GDDR5, I don't know how much of a difference it makes. For that price, you can get a 5770/6770. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$110+$5 shipping, $20 rebate, $95 after rebates. Not sure if you like or trust rebates though. The rebate ends 8/15, but it's still a great card at that price.
About the PCI-E 2.1, it's backwards compatible with 2.0.