Hi everyone! Love this site and all the community but am newly registered.
I am awaiting the launch of Ivy Bridge and building my new PC piece-by-piece until then.
I have never BUILT my own PC before but have taken 3 different hardware courses in the past so I have a good idea of what I am getting into and my previous rigs have always been custom built (granted always on the cheap cheap side, under $1000).
I don't have a "Set" budget but don't want to go over CDN$2200 (about $2500 after tax) (at least for the next 3 months.. then will add).
So far I have already picked up:
- Optical: LG BRD/DVD Read/Writier: $85 (was on sale $25 off)
Total = $1,882 + $50 or so shipping + tax = $2,183.15
So right now i'm in my budget and don't want to go much higher (as mentioned...).
I will also need a new mouse and keyboard after and probably a monitor upgrade from my 3 year old LG Flatron.
My main question is with fans and cooling, which is something i've never fully gotten into.
If I will be dabbling with OCing am I better off getting an after market CPU fan? or water cooling? Or just add another larger fan? Or should I even touch it until I look at cross-firing another 7870 down the road?
Does the GPU have a part in this? Will it be over-all "cooler" if I just bite the $150 more to get a GTX 680?
I'd rather keep my costs down around this level if possible as per all the other accessories I need to upgrade in a couple months.
If there's anything else i'm missing of sever importance, that would be helpful too.
(Oh and before it's mentioned I do plan on utilizing the 3770k... use my PC as a Multi-media center and part of my issue now is not being able to play most games these days while streaming on my TV simultaneously or converting video)
Using the GTX 680 instead of the HD 7870 is only going to create more heat as it's a high end card. Not that it would be a problem because that case looks decent.
If you plan on overclocking then yes I would buy a CPU cooler. If you plan on doing small-moderate overclocks then something like the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo is great. For something more heavy, I'd get the Noctua NH-D14 or similar.
That PSU looks a little bit expensive too, for that price you could get a modular Seasonic PSU: