Hey guys, just want to post the build components I've decided on so far. Appreciate if I got some feedback whether it's good or not.
This build was inspired by the new July 2012 build marathon, but I've made some changes. The main difference is I decided to go Ivy Bridge with the CPU, and also went with a Z77 mobo to match. Also, the parts selected like the PSU and and RAM was to do with availability from my parts store of choice IJK.
The primary concern was graphics card. I will be running games on my 30 inch dell screen at 2560x1600. After googling a while, decided the GTX670 is better, and cheaper than the Radeon 7970, which cost $507
One thing I'm not too confident about is the RAM. I am ignorant of the timings and voltages and bus speeds. Is this a good RAM for the price?
For the PSU, I tried finding the same one as in the build marathon, as 600W is good enough, but couldn't find one cheaper on IJK. Not a biggie right?
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HDD: (you've got an SSD listed there in your build) For extra storage you'd be amazed how quickly 128GB fills up, and you don't want to clutter it with stuff that doesn't need to be on there, which is where having a HDD is handy.
CPU Cooler: You've got a 'K' model processor there to OC with. IB temps spike quickly as you work your GHz frequency up, getting a good CPU cooler is a wise investment, and you don't have to spend $100 on one, something like the CM Hyper 212 Evo is well recommended:
Good call about the cooler. I will add that to the list. Coolers only start working when it needs to right? I don't want a noisy machine when it's idle.
I've gotten by without a optical drive for a few years now, but maybe I'll get one anyway. What do you think about external ones, so i can pack it away and use it only when I need it (which is hardly ever)? Does the BIOS pick up on external optical drives and can boot disks off that?
Thanks for storage concern, but I've got like 5x1TB HDD's, so I got that base covered. Since you didn't flag the SSD, I guess OCZ still makes the best SSD's? My desktop right now (Core 2 Duo) is running on Vertex 2, which I bought about a year ago.
Also, no concerns about the memory? I get so confused with all the numbers when it comes to memory. I guess I could have bought anything and the difference would be miniscule huh? Still, I'd rather know I got the best bang for the buck.
'K' Series processors have unlocked cores which allow for overclocking, so yes, that puts them more into the enthusiast market. If you don't plan on overclocking at all, leave the 'K' processors and go with a Intel Core i5 3450 or 3550. In that scenario you don't really need the extra CPU Cooler either.
There are many ways of controlling the fans on your CPU Coolers, but essentially the RPMs increase as temp goes up, so while idle theoretically quieter
OCZ do make high performance SSDs, though in recent times there has been a problem with reliability, although the newer models (Vertex 4) seem to be better than previous. My preference in SSDs is the Crucial M4, Samsung 830, Intel 520 all of which are slightly more expensive. I wouldn't totally discount OCZ... just a personal preference:
Depending on your Mobo (sorry not a lot of experience with Gigabyte ones) You might be able to set boot priority to look for an external drive 1st.... might need to double check that one. Good question
Memory. On that mobo you want a Dual Channel Kit, something like 1600MHz 8GB, CL9 or CL8 with a voltage of 1.5 or lower. Also if you are thinking of getting a Aftermarket CPU Cooler, make sure the RAM you get is 'low profile' ie doesn't have huge heat spreaders poking out the top like some of the older Corsair Vengeance ones do.... might not be able to make it all fit. See these models below. You can get Corsair Vengeance, just 'Low Profile'