For reference my current build is as follows (I do not plan to re-use anything).
P5Q Pro lga 755 MB
Core 2 duo E6550 @ 2.33ghz (overclocked for past 3 years to 3.5gz with xigmatek sd-1283)
4gb ddr2 800
IDE dvd drive
Approximate Purchase Date: 8/20/2012 or 8/21/2012
Budget Range: $2,000 absolute max, of which roughly $400 is already spent. Must include a custom (or kit) CPU water cooling loop. (feel free to suggest builds even if you are not familiar with water cooling, just deduct some $ from the budget to allow for it).
Cheaper is always better, but if its worth it I will spend up to $2k
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No (however, surround / eyefinity could be a possiblity down the line (before x-mas this year).
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, but does not matter so long as they ship fast. (Microcenter is ~50 miles one way from me, Savings need to total over $60 to make it worth the trip)
Location: City, State/Region, Country - U.S
Parts Preferences: Intel / GPU does not matter, however, ATI drivers have scared me.
SLI or Crossfire: Down the road , perhaps next pay period!
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Additional Comments: The following parts are already purchased:
I consider rebates a bonus, I always assume I will not get the $$
As for the rest of the build I am still confused over which platform to use (1155 / 3570k) or (2011 / 3820) I am open to both.
To my knowledge 1155/3570k is the best for price/performance. I have read that 2011 / 3820 will not add much if any to gaming performance).
If someone can break down 1155 / 2011 for pure gaming differences I would appreciate it, for now I am going to list a proposed 1155 build.
Total: $950.94 ($961.04 with shipping / excluding rebates).
Grand Total: $1359.51 (including the parts already purchased)
I left out a cooler because I am going to dive in to water cooling (custom). I know it will be more money but I have always wanted to do it, so I am going to. Since I am new I am going to do a CPU only loop for starters.
My absolute max budget on cooling would be about $350 just for a CPU loop, but cheaper is always better!
I have looked into the xspc raystorm rx360 kits & I am still considering those. I know that I want compression fittings tho, and I am willing to pay more for them.
I am really set on the raystorm CPU block for around $50, but thats pretty much the only thing I am set on, unless someone can show me a better performer for the price!
I am just doing a CPU loop now, but adding GPU's later will happen (unless i fry everything on the cpu loop
Any proposed water cooling parts is welcomed!
(hopefully my cpu won't fry with the stock cooler for a little bit while I assemble a loop!
take note that the msi 670 uses a custom pcb so attaching a block could be a problem. might want to use the gigabyte 670 instead. also take note that the gigabyte uses a 680 pcb so you would have to find a 680 block for that