So I'm new to this forum and have never built a computer before, so go easy on my potential inadequacies. I have spent that last month or so researching articles, benchmarks, and forums to put together a decent gaming rig for the first time. My budget is anything between 1100-1400 but before I buy everything I just want to get more experienced approval or critique from all the geniuses I see posting here. So this is what I have in store:
This computer will specifically be for gaming. I am really looking for something that I can use max/ultra settings on but without spending immensely too much. I have a laptop for all my other needs so keep that in mind. Please let me know any concerns I should have or anything that could be relevant. Thanks in advanced.
PS - because the gtx 680 is so impossible to find - how comparable is the radeon 7970?
well i can say for sure you should go with a 2500k over a 3570k if you plan to overclock in the future, and your going to have to check to see if your motherboard supports the specific model of ripjawx you chose, the links are not working on my end. and the 7970 and gtx 680 are nearly on par with each other its more or less a amd or nvidea deal with those cards, the 680s fast, the 7970s overclock like champs
The board is cheaper but still supplies 8x/8x on SLI. Plus you get Gen3 support so PCI 3.0 is still supported even though the difference is minimal. Z77 literally has no difference in performance when compared to Z68. Z77 gives you native USB 3.0 and PCIe 3.0 but honestly, benches have shown that the difference isn't even noticeable.
As for everything else, looks solid but the TX650 is really expensive.