Parts Not Required: case, sound card, peripherals, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none, as long as they are reputable
Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: Maybe, but stability takes priority
SLI or Crossfire: not initially, maybe down the road
Monitor Resolutions: 1920x1080, 1024x768
Additional Comments: quiet would be nice but noise isn't a deal breaker
upgrading from a Q6600 paired with HD4870, which has been a great system for me the past few years. i don't keep up with advances in hardware until i have to build something, so i took a crack at putting something together. please feel free to offer cost savings or performance increases where you see them.
i have very low tolerance for system instability, and am willing to trade some top level performance or overclocking ability to get it. that said, i specced out liquid cooling [this will be my first] so that i can crank things up somewhat.
here's what i have so far. the cost came out to be $1337.72 with shipping...
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard = $209.99
liquid cooling isnt all that great because you only get that one radiator for heat dissipation. cooling comes town to basic science; the more surface area for cooling, the cooler it is. the hyper 212 has more space for cooling than the h60 although the h660 uses water which has more heat capacity. in the end, they are about within 2-5 degrees from each other, but then you have to factor in the cost. the h60 is double the cost of a hyper 212. thats why i recommend the hyper 212
water cooling is only good if you go with a dual radiator setup or higher