Hello everyone, I am building a system within the next week or so and I just wanted everyone's opinion... I haven't built a system in a very long time..
MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4
FAN: Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
PSU: Corsair Professional Series Gold 750-Watt 80 Plus Gold Certified
CASE: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Quiet Mid-Tower Cases
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800)
THERMAL: (included with Hydro, but just in case, Arctic Silver 5)
VIDEO: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti
HDD: Corsair Force GT 60 GB SATA III/6G 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive
Question is, does this all work in good combination? Secondly... is there a REAL difference between Sabortooth, Deluxe and Maximus for asus...?? i couldn't REALLY see a difference. Obviously.. micro atx vs atx and obviously thermal armor... (does this really work?)
By the way.. is there even a point to do the ivy bridge? should i just save the 30-50 bucks and get 2500k//p97mobo?
I wouldn't know much in that end of the trade because im not overly used to building high end builds, but using a 2500k is still an option i guess. the tradeoff for price would be that the 2500k would have a higher power consumption(and lower temperatures due to how ivy bridge reacts to OC)
Presumably, you want to game.
If so, spend more on the graphics card, and less on the rest.
See if you can find a $400 GTX580, or, a $500 GTX680, if you can find one. or a 7970, if you like AMD. Yes, it will be more expensive, but the graphics card is the engine of gaming.
To keep the same budget without important compromise, here are some suggestions:
If you have no real budget, and want the best, then OK.
1) A 650w psu will run a card as good as a GTX580 or GTX680.
Gold certified and modular is nice, but you will never recoup the added cost in electricity. Modular is really necessary for a small form factor case. You will be using most of the leads anyway.
Look for a Corsair, XFX, Seasonic, Antec, or PC P&C unit.
$80 should do it.
2) I was somewhat disappointed with ivy bridge, at least as an upgrade to 2500K, or 2600K. There is not enough difference for an upgrade, but a fair value for a new build.
Still, I would stick with the 3570K unless you can find a 2500K for $180 at microcenter.
3) Ditch the H100. It is noisier, fussier, and does not cool significantly better than a $30 CM hyper212. Once you get past a OC of 4.0 you get diminishing returns for gaming.
The funds are better spent on graphics power.