The Z68 has overlocking, USB 3.0, SATA3, 2133 RAM support, SLI/Crossfire.. and is Gigabyte (over MSI D ... But the reality is, I am not sure if I even need any of the features listed above with the components I've selected.
I almost settled for the H61 because I do not plan to upgrade this PC at all once it's been built. But then, I thought $30-$35 for a boatload of more features... yay or nay?
Looking to buy this soon, maybe on the weekend once I take a look at weekend sales.
I made a typo up there, the Corsair Vengeance RAM is $45, and here, the G.skill RAM is also about $45ish. I think I'll stick with Corsair just because I like the brand more... + they've helped out really well once before.
I guess the PSU and CASE should be changed, BUT I'm looking for a 80plus modular power supply, and a window case .. both on the cheap. Any recommendations?
Also, my brother wanted red LEDs so I've decided just to add 2 CoolerMaster Sickeflows at $5 a piece. The extra white fan is an NZXT re-use from my old PC, just thought I'd count that as part of the budget.
if you really want corsair, go ahead. keep in mind aftermarlet heatsinks wont fit at all
80+ and modularity dont make up for the unreliablity and noise. go get the one i suggested or a seasonic m12II 520w at newegg. they are more efficent and are made by a very reliable brand (which is seasonic)
coolermaster fans arent great. they die pretty fast. good led fans are from bitfenix but i would say that they are pricey