Approximate Purchase Date: Starting to buy parts in Feb and should finish June ish Budget Range: 1900$-2200$ System Usage from Most to Least Important: High Quality Gaming,High Quality streaming, Starting to record videos and edit Parts Not Required: I got a mouse, keyboard, Monitors and cd/dvd writer. Preferred Website(s) for Parts.(From Most to Least Preferred): I'm Canadian, so there 4 main sites (that I know of) http://www.newegg.com/ http://www.tigerdirect.com/ http://www.ncix.com/ http://bestdirect.ca/ Country: Quebec, Canada Parts Preferences: Corsair, Asus, Samsung, Cooler Master (but not really sold to any of these) Overclocking: Yes Crossfire: Yes Monitor Resolution:1920x1080 (but I might change to get a better one) Additional Comments: I'm slowly building an Ivy bridge ready computer and I'm not a pro so I've been doing a lot of research on the interwebs.
So this is what I found so far for my new Ivy Bridge Build. I'm really not in a hurry to buy because the new processors won't come out until April or May. So I'm looking at buying 1 part per month something like that.
Ill post them in the order i want to buy them and ill put a bit of info of why i want to buy those parts
For the processor I'll go with the new I5-3570k I'll probably buy it around end of May or early June *** About 250.00$*** *UnofficalIvy Bridge Specs*
So that's the "homework" I've been doing the past few weeks tell me what you think. I really want to be ready for the new Ivy Bridge So if you find anything that doesn't work or any comments or questions, shout em out
The build finishes out at 1824.94$ Without Shipping and Taxes. But i did not "hunt" the best prices yet. This is just to make sure that I'm on the right tack.
Since you are in Canada, you should try newegg.ca ,ncix.ca etc. As pricing is different here.
Liquid cooling takes effort and air cooling can do some pretty good things when overclocking. If you are really set on liquid cooling then go right ahead but an air cooler between $30-80 should be good. (Hyper 212+ and Noctua DH-14 come to mind). I cannot say how well air will do with ivy bridge but with sandy it can get most of processors to 4.5 gHz or so and it should be the same with IB.
You may or may not need 16 GB, 8 GB will probably do you quite fine but if you really want 16 GB you have a big enough budget.
HDD!!!! If you record videos and would like to save them on your computer so that you can edit them, you will need an HDD. Now if you plan on recording gameplay of your games with lets say, Fraps. You will need quite a big HDD to store your videos. SSD's are good for the OS and the games/programs you load frequently but for storing, you should also get a HDD.
Someone will probably say this, but stick to Seasonic, Corsair (ones made by seasonic), Antec (ones made by seasonic) and XFX (made by seasonic) for PSU's. You might like Cooler Master but that PSU has no reviews and is not seen as a quality manufacturer (I don't know who their OEM).
Finally, buy everything at once. Prices will change and if you buy stuff now and build in 5 months a part from now could be faulty and you will find out in 5 months and you will be unable to send it back. New stuff aside from Ivy Bridge might come out aswell, such as Kepler (don't remember release date).
Just some quicks tips for you. Good luck with your build