After much searching, and reading so many reviews that everything started to blur together, and some help from people on these forums; I've finally come up with a build for my new gaming / media center computer. If y'all could critique the build, and make sure everything will fit together, I would appreciate it. Also, I haven't included a Power Supply in the build, since I'm not sure exactly what size I should get.
I will be using this computer mostly to play games, but will also be hooking up to my HD TV to play videos and other content. I'm looking to buy this week most likely.
I know some of the parts might be a little overkill just to play games, but, I wanted to future proof myself, I could buy now, but who knows when the wife will let me buy again Plus, I'm still way below my budget.
A high quality 450W PSU with two PCIe connectors is more than enough for a build with a single GTX 670. Rosewill Capstone-450M ($64 @ Newegg / Promo code ends 29th)
If you are going to SLI in the future, or want that option, then a high quality 650W PSU with four PCIe connectors is more than enough for GTX 670 SLI. Rosewill Capstone-750M ($88 @ Newegg / Promo code ends 29th)
This review of the EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Superclocked+ w/Backplate shows that the only instances where 4GB is sometimes advantageous compared to 2GB is when gaming at very high resolutions: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/evga-...
So i'd say if you can get a cheaper GTX 670 then that is what I would recommend.
I'm not a fan of the Hyper 212 Evo (NA version) because it has a rather high maximum fan speed of 2000RPM, with a substantial budget I'd get something better.
Thanks for the advice, that PSU does look nice, so I'm adding the 650W, while I'm not planning on doing SLI right now, it is worth the extra $24 to leave that option open to me.
I didn't know about that problem with the WD drives. I mainly picked those since I've had good experience with WD in the past and it has a good warranty. I do see that it is possible to fix the problem with a simple command line program though. However, do you have a recommendation for another good storage drive?
As for the Video Card, I read the review, and I see your point. I probably won't be running in those resolutions. Been awhile since I bought a card, and in those days it was always More RAM is better.... But in this case, I don't know if I'll use it. Do you have a recommendation for another good GTX 670 card?
Cooler, I have no experience with after market coolers at all, I've never overclocked before. But since from what I see the i7-3770k makes it really easy, so figured I would give it a try, which means I figured I needed something better then stock. I would like something on the quieter end of things if possible, and most importantly, easy to install, and will fit. I assume I should get some thermal paste, is arctic silver still the best?
This card has a good factory overclock, good cooler and a low price considering these advantages: Gigabyte GV-N670OC-2GD ($390 @ NCIX US / $400 @ Newegg)
A price equivalent to the Hyper 212 Evo which should be quieter: Logisys MC4002IW ($32 + $4 shipping @ Newegg)
500-1500RPM fan. Otherwise known as Deep Cool Ice Wind, if you want to look for reviews.
Scythe Mugen 3 SCMG-3000 ($50 @ Newegg)
300-1600RPM fan. Has the potential to interfere with tall heatspreaders on RAM, so if you decide on this one I'd play it safe by getting low profile RAM, such as G.Skill Ares or Crucial Ballistix Sport.