Hi everyone, like another poster here I'm preparing for the Ivy Bridge release for my first build and while I've gotten a huge chunk information from Tom's Hardware's guides I wanted to double check on how I'm doing etc etc.
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP after Ivy Bridge launch
Budget Range: Under $2,000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: First and foremost- Gaming, then surfing the internet, watching movies, etc. No interest in video editing or computer graphics at the moment.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
The CPU/Mobo are I guess fillers at the moment. I have the Intel Core i5-3570K in mind, not sure if that is compatible with current mobo choice. Or if it's practical to wait for that processor at all, opinions?
Monitor Resolution: I plan on using my HDTV, so 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I'm unsure on how to choose optical drives and both case and heat sink fans. I was thinking about water cooling but that seems too complicated for my first build. Finally, I'm trying for a fairly future-proof build
Or, you could save a little money and just get the P8Z77-V Pro (not on Newegg currently, but out there). Intel has been known to change pin counts so you'd need to be extra sure that the socket for Z68 1155 is EXACTLY the same for Z77, but why get a new generation CPU but not get a board designed for it?
Don't need water cooling, many OC'ers use the Hyper 212 EVO or Noctua heatsink and keep temps down just fine. Silenx makes good case fans. For optical drives just make sure its AACS compliant. LITE-ON and LG make good drives; go OEM, cheaper, same drive. Everything else looks good.
I'm unsure on the XFX PSU, not sure how much of a difference the 850 watts makes, along with the seasonic being fully modular, active pfcs, and 80 plus gold.
I immediately took to the seagate HDD, but do not know about the SSDs as their stats are hard for me to compare.
RAM I'm also unsure on as they're both 45$ with generally same stats and have free shipping. The corsair has a lot of feedback, 90% great.
The mobo why_me suggested was the same one I had picked out, but as sharkbyte pointed out the Z77. How much of a difference will it make?
Then lastly I feel like I can do better with the optical drive. I don't know how practical blu-ray drives are, but is a 20$ drive offer great performance?
Either way. thank you so much for your time
XFX psu's are manufactured by Seasonic as are the mid and upper tier Corsair psu's. "Semi modular" means the only wires/cables that are hard wired into the psu are the ones you will be using. Extra SATA cables, etc.. are modular. 850w gives you plenty of headroom to over clock, add extra drives, etc... and push two of those cards in SLI. As far as RAM G.Skill is about as good as it gets along with Corsair, Mushkin, and Crucial. As far as Blu Ray goes... I have no idea...Iv'e never used it yet, but if you use it and it's in your budget...
The Z77 boards (Panther Point) are geared for the new Ivy Bride cpu's due out this April 29th. They have the native 3.0 USB, PCI-E 3.0, etc...
Does anyone know when the Ivy chips will hit the retail market? I don't think the Sandy chips are going to drop in price, and at the same price the Ivy chips will be a little bit more worth the money and will be more future proof (more USB 3.0, SATA 3, PCI-E 3, and Thunderbolt, most of which is integrated into the CPU now).
I'd probably go for one of those. I'm stuck a dilemma because I want to upgrade my gaming rig and make a low power file server, and could reuse my i3 in that. However, the IB CPUs are supposed to have a lower power draw...