I just wanted to run it by the community before I did it!
Approximate Purchase Date: Next day or two. I would wait longer to be sure I get the right parts.
Budget Range: about $1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web development (PHP), repairing with SabNZBD
Parts Not Required: Monitor - already have a 27" IPS 2560 x 1440
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca or ncix.com
Parts Preferences: Reliable parts
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 2560x1440
Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC. It seems newegg.ca is out of stock on ALL GTX 670 video cards and 680s too!!! Is that card powerful enough for my resolution? Also not sure about the motherboard - originally had the ASROCK z77 extreme4, but changed only because I am not familiar with that brand.
Hey, I have almost the same build that I'm getting ready to order. I've heard great things about the ASROCK z77, thats what I'm getting, it's also cheaper then you current board. One not on the R3 case, it does run pretty warm, so would need to add a couple extra fans to it. I am also trying for a pretty silent rig, went from the Corsair 550D silent case, to the R3, but both ran to hot for my liking. And now going with the 500r, the fans on it are decently quiet, plus have a 3 way controller and if you turn them down it's virtually silent. There's my build. Also the Muskin SSD is suppose to be really good, and cheaper the the Crucial M4. It's at $210 for 240Gb.
One more comment, you might want to look into a low profile RAM, the one I have in my build is low profile for $5 more. Will make sure you won't have any issues with the RAM interfering with your heat sink, especially cause your's is 140mm instead of 120. But don't need a heat sink like that, especially if your not planning on overclocking at all. the one I have is plenty for a slight over clock up to 4.2Ghz.
I got my system! I built it and it runs very well. Here are some comments:
-I ended up buying the Gigabyte GTX 680 Windforce because I was tired of waiting for the 670s to be in stock. It was an extra $90. Amazing card! I get max fps in Diablo 3, League of Legends, WoW even with my 27" IPS.
-The Extreme4 motherboard is actually very nice. It sure boots fast! The only issue I have with it is when I first power on or wake up from sleep, my stock CPU cooler sounds like a jet engine for 5 seconds. Is there a fix for this?
Not sure about stock on the Gigabyte Windforce 670, NCIX had a shipment come in briefly now they are out of stock again. I heard the ASUS GTX 670 DirectCUs are also good. But they are almost the same price as a 680s! I felt a bit guilty about spending an extra 100$ for a 8% boost in performance. If you can wait I'd get the 670.
-I didn't see a fan adjustment, I will take a closer look - thanks!
-I'm new to OCing, but I'll try a small OC. I've read that the 212 EVO is good bang for buck. I was thinking the Noctua but it is 3 times more