[System Usage from Most to Least Important:] gaming, watching movies, internet videos, and surfing the internet
[Are you buying a monitor:] No
[Do you need to buy OS:] No
[Preferred Website(s) for Parts:] newegg.com, I'm also going to a Micro center (Silicon Valley)
[Location: City, State/Region, Country] Stockton CA, America
[Parts Preferences:] Intel
[SLI or Crossfire:] Yes
[Your Monitor Resolution:] 1680x1050.
[Additional Comments:] Max setting aren't extremely important on games, so I really need a second opinion on what I picked out and on the crossfire. I'm also concerned with a bottleneck on the GPU (especially if I do a crossfire) or the i5-3450 not having enough power.
Reason for the 750w PSU is I plan add a second 7770 GPU for a crossfire setup later on. Also the thing about the motherboards the z75 is the one I'm going with and the z77 is in there because I heard the micro center bundles cpus with z68/77 motherboards (not sure if true tho) of course if thats not true no real reason (as far as I know) to go with the z77
So any advice to change/add/remove anything? Any bottlenecks? Really nervous as this is my first build...so second guessing pretty much everything
Your cpu is not a K or unlockable cpu -
Your GPU is on the low end but it depends on when you plan to Xfire. If you are waiting for a year I would invest in a higher gpu like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for better gaming performance.
You do not have an operating system listed, windows 7 goes for $99 on newegg or you can get it cheaper as a student.
Either mobo is fine
I'd also try and work at least a 60GB SSD in the build, or swap the 1.5TB for a 750GB hybrid drive. Haven't personally used a hybrid but I've heard many good things about them. Used many SSDs though and absolutely refuse to use a mechanical drive for anything other than bulk storage now. The difference really is night and day.
If you are going with an Ivy 1155 chip a basic board would be the H77/B75 chipsets ^^ H61/H67/P67/etc may need a BIOS flash and/or the board maker could also stop caring lol. Reports of older 1155 boards not getting any support are floating online. For single GPU set ups, any board would suffice for the most part.
Actually I just noticed that the i5-3450 doesn't have hyper-threading, only turbo (which is a .4GHZ increase). The next cheapest featureless board is GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V which is the same price except it has free shipping which put its about $8 dollars cheaper.
The ASRock has a few features I'm really curious in, so $8 is worth it.
Another discovery I made, neweggs shellshock deals only last a day. That power supply I mentioned earlier has gone off sale. My build needs a 500w minimum anyone have recommendations? Been searching for several hours now and still can't find something thats in the right price range and at or above 500w.
The i5-3450 doesn't support HT so I'll never use it so it doesn't really bother me. The features I'm interested in is mainly the ASRock xfast ram, haven't seen anything like that on any other boards and its peaked my curiosity.
For the GPU I'm going with Sapphire instead of HIS only because their RMA/customer service seem more reliable--according to the reviews. After rebates theres only about an $8 dollar difference between the two small price to pay if something goes wrong.
Just finished making the order. Thank you one and all for all of the