Approximate Purchase Date: This time next week if not sooner.
Budget Range: $1500 (maybe a little more if performance gain justifies)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, web browsing, some light video converting for device codec issues when streaming.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers are optional. got a vh23h asus 23" and recycling hdd
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg/Amazon
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Quality brand PSU like Corsair,
Overclocking: Will want to get a stable 24/7 4.5ghz overclock
SLI or Crossfire: Yes likely in a few months if needed
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (kinda want to game at this native ratio too)
Additional Comments: Want this system to last me at least 4 years with some minor upgrades (CPU OC/SLI GPU) The parts I've put together below I feel are the best for performance vs longevity. I plan to SLI 2 570 (or whatever GPU) when the need arises or in a couple months. Plan to do a 24/7 OC of CPU to 4.5ghz. I believe the PSU would be able to support the OC and SLI.. Uncertain of the MOBO (First time Asrock buyer). Plan to install OS to SSD use HDD as data storage.
You should try and get a Non-ref GPU, the 570s stock pcb have had memory issues, Go with an MSI, or any other non ref card, I said MSI because their afterburner software kicks ass, and so does the twin frozr 3.
So I decided to downgrade to 2500k.. Should I shoot for a 580 with the extra cash or get a 570 and spend elsewhere? I don't know what cards.. They all have mixed reviews on newegg between both card types.
I built my i5 2500k/ GTX 590 gaming PC a few months ago and only spent $1380. But i waited for a few great deals. I play @1920x1080 and it blows away any game @ 60 fps. Metro 2033, Witcher 2, and Crysis 2 all maxed out are the only games where the framerate drops below 60fps.
Cooler - Budget will allow better cooler...Scythe Mugen 3 gets 7C better temps
TIM - AS5 has curing issues.....see AS5 home page....says takes 200 hours of thermal cycling. So if ya run for 8 hours, thats 5 minutes warm up, 5 minutes cool down...or 10 minutes of cycling ....after 6 days of use, ya managed an hour. Shin Etsu has same thermal properties, no curing issues.
I've decided on using the MSI Lightning 580, sticking with the extreme4 board and going with the 2500k
Torn on a SSD.
A 60-90gb will do me fine but I want good performance. Force Series 3 has good max read/write speeds but someone suggested the Samsung 830? Not looking to raid or anything, Just OS and most played games on SSD, videos and other games on HDD.
EVGA has the best support and warranty. If you want the most out of a overclock go with the new 580 Classified.
Extreme 4 would support 580 sli fine and would be a good board. And the Asus Z68 Pro is a great board and only get it if u want the extra bells and whistles.
Microcenter is having a sale on i5 2500k for $179 and $60 off any compatible motherboard. Best price I've seen.
I saw the great microcenter processor deals, but didn't hear anything about the $60 off thing. I am thinking about building a computer (quite similar to the OP's build actually), and $60 is well... nice Is this is an offer that they are giving online or in their stores?