Before Tax total price of components yet to be purchased:
$179.98 with Case Option A
$209.98 with Case Option B
Before Tax Grand Total price of all components:
$544.95 with Case Option A
$574.95 with Case Option B
Overclocking: Yes, but with stock Intel cooler if possible
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe; the mobo I just purchased is set up for it
- I'd like some advice on the feasibility of overclocking the i5 with the stock cooler; how high should I dare go before creating an uncomfortable environment within the case? If I could get it somewhere above 4.0 GHZ on the stock fan, I think I would be a happy customer. The Fractal Design case I am looking at has the ability to install fans in the side and top, in addition to the included rear 120mm fan, if that makes a difference.
- Because my initial Grand Total is under budget, there is flexibility with my choice of cases. I picked those two out because they look a little more stately than some xtreme gaming chassis; I tend to like clean surfaces, no bulges or protrusions. I think I would like to stay away from full towers (greater that 20" high) since I don't think I would ever have 4 video cards at once or anything like that, maybe 2 at the most.
- I listed a psu for the sake of listing a psu, but I really don't know about this. I am thinking anywhere between 500W-750W would be fine, although, I don't really know what I will need in the near future if I want to add two video cards. I can't make up my mind between modular and non-modular. Price is not really too much of a concern; obviously if I can get a quality psu for $100 or less that would be ideal, but I could go between $100-$200, especially since it looks like I will come underneath budget for everything else. What about the psu's offered by Antec or Fractal Design? Are they any good compared to the one listed?
I would get a Zalman cooler if you are overclocking by any amount and it would probably get you close to 4.0 ghz. I would go with option B. I've always trusted Antec cases and they work really well. I think going with Antec on the power supply would do just fine for your needs and once again they are very trustworthy and reliable. As for video cards, I think the sweet spot for price/performance would be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I have the same motherboard and processor and the P8Z68-V PRO just doesn't overclock well. It's a great board, but several people have had a difficult time getting good overclocking out of them. The Intel stock coolers are terrible, but supposedly you can take them up to 4.0ghz.
I love that Antec case you linked. However since you don't have heat dispersal needs you can basically go as cheap as you want.