This is my third build using these forums. I just wanted to thank everyone in advance for all your help. Build after build, I’m amazed at the level of advice and assistance offered on this site.
Approximate Purchase Date: would like to purchase within the next day or so
Budget Range: hoping to stay as close to 1k as possible
System Usage: gaming
Parts Not Required: I’ll be reusing some basic peripherals: keyboard, mouse, monitor and DVD burner.
Additionally, I would like to reuse my HD and PSU if possible to stay under budget. Basically, my thought is to use the SSD for my OS, plus whatever game I’m currently playing and then use my old one for media storage. Regarding the PSU, the one I had previously broke just before the warranty was up. I borrowed one from a friend while having the original replaced and just never ended up installing it, so it’s still brand new in the box. I’d like to try to reuse if possible to keep my system to as close to 1k as possible (I’m already around 50 bucks over before shipping/tax). At the time, it was a highly recommended PSU, but please let me know if you it would be a really bad idea to use it with this new build.
This puts me at around 1050 before tax/shipping. Please let me know if you see any issues or have any suggestions (not sure if there is any room, but please advise if you see any room to trim a few bucks without compromising performance).
I would go with your original mobo since it supports PCI-E gen 3 and also due to high memory standards compared to other brands like ASUS. This one is slightly cheaper: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
I also recommend CM HAF 912 for case. HAF stands for high air flow. It fits the longest graphics cards in the world in SLI or CFX and also full sized CPU coolers. YOURS DOES NOT. For HAF 912 case fans get 2X 200mm CM MegaFlows, 140mm Bgears B-blaster and 2X 120mm CM SickleFlow (one for your Hyper 212) All can be searched on Newegg.
Thanks so much for all your imput. It sounds like the motherboard I have is a good choice, but if i want, I can save 20 bucks or so going with GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Regarding the case, I just realized that the one I initially included is out of stock right now anyway. I prefer the look of the one that sosofm suggested: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811147144 The HAF 912 has a lot going on in design.. hehe.. looks like its combat ready. The computer is going to be sitting in my living room, so I want to keep it fairly simple in looks - just sleak black. Am I going to loosing out on airflow or anything else by going with the Rosewill?
Yea - everything looks great with the HAF 912, but the wife isn't a fan of the design . I think it's the those black grips (not sure how else to describe them) that appear on the front, which give that sort of durable - can be dropped - look. I'm looking for another case option with a more simplistic design, but similar airflow, like the Anteck Three Hundred that I initially posted: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Bump - I'm almost there - just looking or a case and I'm ready to go. mikeangs2004 mentioned that the the case that I chose originally might not fit the aftermarket cooler. Its also not available . He suggested the HAF 912, but the wife has vetoed the design. Are there any other suggestions for a simple black case with proper airflow and space. Would any of these options work? any other suggestions?