I'm building a new computer for hardcore gaming, and my budget is $1500 ($1650 if I can convince my dad (Don't worry, I'm 15, so it's justified)), and I need it to support three screens. The screens are not in the $1500 budget.
Here are the specs (If you guys can help me find a cheaper price I'd be happy (I live in Toronto, Canada)):
CPU: Core i7 3770K IvyBridge ($320) No place to buy it yet, got the prices from here
GTX 680 (Around $515) The big problem about the GTX is that, though it supports surround, it only supports 3 of the same screens. Also, it's INSANELY hard to find, and it's always being bought out. I'm going to be running 2d, by the way.
Hi just wondering did you just go an pick out the most expensive parts? You don't really need 16gb of ram for gaming 8 should do just fine. You can get really great gaming boards for under 200. I would say get a nice board for 150 and put the other money towards a ssd for windows it really helps performance a lot. My pc boot time went from one min to 25 seconds and windows is super fast.
I'd also go with the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 as prior stated. Solid board for the price and has great features like Gen3 support since you'll use an Ivy Bridge chip. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
However in Canada, your pricing is much different than the US pricing. You're using the wrong Newegg, that's the US Newegg. You want Newegg.ca prices and shipping is much more expensive. http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=69232&vpn=Z77A-GD55&ma...
Might as well go with this. You're paying only $20 more for Z77 and another PCI slot. Plus after rebates it's the same price.
You don't need an i7 at that specially just for gaming. Maybe if you were heavy Video editing or Photo-editing I'd say some justification for hyper-threading but since you're not you really don't need it. You should go with the i5 3570K and just save some money. Money really doesn't grow on trees after all.
You also don't need 16GB of ram, just go with 8GB and you'll be fine. Again, you're not using heavy memory intensive apps like photo editing or video editing/video encoding so 8GB is more than enough.
Also I really hope you're not considering "water-cooling" by the Hydro series or the one you posted. The performance of those systems are on par with $30-$50 air coolers. Even the Hyper 212+ @ only $25 can perform up to the H50-60's performance. That intel cooler you posted is especially not worth it. http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/cooler_master_hype...
I would just go with the Hyper 212 Evo, it'll give you enough cooling you need. I don't think you'll be overclocking to 5ghz would you? It'd be a bad idea anyways to run a 24/7 5ghz overclock. The Hyper 212 Evo is fine overclocking and can handle a 4.6ghz fine. It'll save your dad a lot of money as well ($40 difference I believe)