Hello guys, my name is Christian from Milton Keynes, I'm Italian and I got the passion for computers, especially custom gaming builds.
What I want to ask to you guys is that I'd like to start a new build but I've got some difficult choosing the components. The hardest part: Motherboard. The CPU I want to use is an i5 3570k (which I already have). I've seen very good reviews to the ASrock extreme 4 and 6, Asus Sabertooth and Maximus V, Gigabyte UD3H and UD5H, and MSI GD65.
Also the case. I want to watercool my system in a future, maybe next year, so I want a case with good fit for radiators, airflow and cable management. (my idea Aerocool xPredator Blac evil edition).
I want to use this system mainly for gaming but also to watch films. I'm plannig to overclock as much as I can (preferably with the max stability), SLI 2-way in the future so I'd like a motherboard that support PCIe 3.0 x16 for both if it's worth (or x16/x8 otherwise).
The other components would be:
Gigabyte GTX 670 2gb
(any) Corsair Vengeance 1600Hz+ 8GB LP
an HDD (thinking about Western Digital) and a DVD/BR drive
I'm open to all suggestions so feel free to ask and write anything. I'd like to keep my budget within £900 - £1000 but I can make an effort if it's worth. Thanks in advance and sorry for my english (if I a made any mistake) but I'm in england since less than a year
just give us the budget and location (country you are buying in). watercooling on this level of a setup isnt that worth it but i can suggest some parts
1: for the motherboard, get either the z77-v pro or the gigabyte ud5h.
2: for a CPU cooler, id suggest a noctua d14 but then if you are going full custom on watercooling, get something like a rasa kit
3: the gigabyte 670 is nice but the msi power edition is a better buy given it has overvolting support that no other 670s have
4:for the power supply id suggest something like a xfx xx 750w. better than corsair
5: if you are watercooling, something like a corsair 800d or a coolermaster haf x would be nice. otherwise id suggest a 500R from corsair
get the psu from overclockers as the one listed at amazon is not correct
1: the CPU cooler is the best air heatsink you can probably get (other than the phanteks)
2:the msi power edition is the best 670 out there
3: the pro board is pretty self explanitory but the ud5h is the other option. if you want to spend a little less, id suggest the ud3h
4: the R4 case is not that great for watercooling but at your budget you probably wont be doing that
that's what I was thinking to buy with the money left, although many people suggest to buy a 60GB ssd instead of a big one just for the OS. Do you think will I see any improvement installing games there or the hdd will be fine? (I don't mind the loading times, but I heard that with games like The Sims 3 it's better to have a quick drive to improve the experience).
For the case I prefer coolermaster too (especially for the colors, black and blue from the motherboard, but orange and blue isn't too bad), but the thing that worry me is that HAF X is 6cm lower than xpredator and thinner also, so I'm not sure if the custom Heatsink will fits in that. Another thing that I don't like is the transparent panel, I've had one like that and the system was running hotter than without, this another reason that let me choose xpredator because it has a grid panel which give more airflow potential.
I'm still searching if there is any other big and wide case but they cost too much and, in my opinion, they don't worth that money.