Comment on my ~$900 Build

Approximate Purchase Date:: This week

Budget Range: ~$900 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Work, gaming, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (22")


Here is the build I have in mind:

CPU: Intel Core™ i5-3570K Processor, 3.40GHz w/ 6MB Cache ($249.99)

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LE w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, CrossFireX ($139.99)

Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, 2 x mini DisplayPort ($189.99)

Power Supply: OCZ ZS Series 750W Performance Power Supply ($79.99)

RAM: GSKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB PC3-12800 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit ($49.99)

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower Case ($59.99)

HDD: Western Digital 500GB Caviar Blue 7200rpm SATA III w/ 16MB Cache ($79.99)

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24x DVD-RW Drive, SATA, Black, OEM ($24.99)

Total: $874.92


Now here are a couple of questions and concerns I have regarding some items listed above:

1. Is it worth getting the Ivy Bridge CPU, or should I get the Intel i5-2500K instead?
2. Is the MoBo I listed sufficient, or should I get the z77 model? If so, which one, and why should I? Please browse through these MoBo's and select the preferable one:
3. Should I stick with the HAF 912 case or should I get the Antec 300 (

Please criticize as you see fit and comment on the overall compatability and balance of this build.

Thanks in advance.
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    The mother board you have here is fun. Your power supply gives you some overhead for future upgrading. If you do in fact plan on upgrading later on I'd stick with the HAF case. The CPU could be upgraded to an intel 2500k or 2550k. For now I'd say ivy bridge isn't worth it, especially since the performance bottleneck is going to be in the gpu not the CPU by then
  2. You can easily use a non-k version of the CPU and a batter featured H77 board for the same price since you dont plan to OC.
  3. Is it really worth getting a non-k version of the i5 ivy bridge or should I just stick with the i5-2500k? For example, is the i5-3550 better than the i5-2500k, considering I won't be overclocking?
  4. Any more suggestions on the CPU choice or anything else?
  5. Best answer selected by precursoris.
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