I haven't built a computer for many years and I am pretty out of the loop when it comes to hardware.
The PSU is way overpowered for the current setup but it should be enough when I decide to go x-fire. Also still not certain about the motherboard, Gigabyte has always worked well for me but I've been hearing alot of bad reviews of them compared with Asus.
Sitting at a total of $998.43. I will not be ordering until at least March, perhaps April so I may tweak the pieces at that time to take advantage of combo deals, etc. But how does it look so far? Have I missed anything or are there any potential problems or improvements anyone can point out.
I am still under budget and was considering a boost to the GPU possibly to a 6970 simply cause I can and it might help with new releases down the road but I would want to know I was getting a decent jump in performance past the $1000 mark.
As a general question, with Ivy Bridge on the horizon does anyone see any change in i5 or i7 prices? Just wondering since my build date will be close to Intel's release date.
cooler master 912 case
asrock z68 extreme3 mobo
intel i5 2500k cpu
cooler master hyper 212 evo
amd radeon hd 6970 video card
western digital caviar black 1.5tb hhd
crucial m4 64gb ssd
g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb 1600 ram
corsair tx650 psu
I appreciate the input so far. It's been awhile since I have attempted a build from scratch and the number of choices has proven to be daunting.
I'm liking the cases suggested. Nice looks and airflow. I think I have found my case and heatsink.
The 7950 gpu is nice but perhaps a bit much, but the more I've thought about it the more I might be leaning towards the 6970. And I will be adding a second gpu within a year or so for a little boost. This is why the psu is so apparently overpowered. But for that matter what is the recommended wattage for a 6950 or 6970 x-fire setup?
The 1.5 tb hdd is also a bit much, a small savings staying with the 500 gb. Any opinions on the lifespan of the seagate that was suggested? The Western Digital? Much difference at all? I would love to see my next hdd match the 7-8 years of nearly everyday use that I saw with my last hdd without a fault.
I also plan to do some minor overclocking to the cpu. I was thinking the 4.0 - 4.5 ish range. I do not have much experience in this area but I am looking to give it a little boost. The overclocking and sheer variety available have had me flip flopping on the mobo since day one. I have tried to find something that sets this ASRock Z68 Extreme3 board apart from the Gigabyte or other boards in the price range but I am coming up with nothing. Anyone mind humoring me and filling me in on the merits of this board or any others someone might want to recommend? Stability with overclocking and general reliability are big selling points. I'm just curious what makes this board a good choice when I have heard little good of ASRock in general.
When you buy somethink you need luck too. You can buy a HDD and can be good 3-4 years. I have a WD Caviar Blue 640GB AAKS and run cool and quiet even now after 4 years.
That Asrock is stable read the customers reviews from the mobo link.
For cooling that case you need minimum another 120mm fan for the top of the case.
That Coolermaster Evo is a great cooler.