Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard - $159-$40 discount for combo-$15 rebate - already bought http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Wasn't really sure what to get. I want some flexibility to do a little OC later on and liked the integrated video. I play league of legends and SC2 so I thought maybe I can wait for a sale on a quality video card. I'm open to suggestions and can return this one.
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower - $89.99 after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I like the look of the case and currently have a Cooler Master 690 and wanted to try something different. I read that this case might be too small inside and was looking for any opinions on it.
This all totals $620 after tax for the motherboard and processor. I didn't select a video card yet and open to suggestions on this or maybe I should wait (see motherboard comment). Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.
I got that same motherboard from Microcenter with the i5 2500k, nice deal and has worked great for me.
I was playing Rift at 25-30fps with low quality renderer at 1920x1080, default settings. So you can probably wait for a bit for a graphics card.
For graphics Radeon 6870 or GTX560 at the $170-180 pricepoint. If you can spring for the extra $30 - GTX560 Ti.
Case: If you want to go cheaper, Antec 300 Illusion $44.99 this weekend at newegg. Fits a Scythe Mugen 3 just fine, should fit the Hyper 212+ as well.
Great case, great airflow. Would save you the money to get a GTX560 Ti, which lets to play at 1920x1080 at quite high settings in many games.
Memory: 1.5V memory is just fine.
Spinpoint F3 is the way to go.
The CPU cooler is good in either case. OC:ing is so easy with the 2500k and the mobo, that all you have to do is put that in and increase the multipliers to 40x to get 4GHz.
All 3 should be able to run SLI if needed, without massive overclocks on the GPU's. The 750W antec would be best suited if you run high overclocks on CPU and both GPU's.
OC'd system (CPU & 2 GPU's) needs about 600W of power.
thanks you all for your input. I have a couple of questions/comments.
1 - Will the Antec 300 be able to a fit a longer graphics card or will I have to do a little cutting.
2 - I read that the Antec NEO ECO the updated verision NEO HE which are both built by Sea Sonic. Is this true? From the readings I have done, it appears while this PSU is not the best money can buy, it is still a very solid unit.