I'm new to the home build game and am trying to build a decent system that I can overclock. I don't have a budget, but don't want to spend too much either. I'd like it to come in at about $1500, but would spend more if justified. I've bought a couple of parts already based on reviews/sales. Any help would be appreciated. I would use primarily for games, but also for basic computing as well.
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Here is what I have so far:
They are about equally powerful, the XFX is a bit higher quality while the OCZ is modular so it's easier to get a clean build without cable clutter.
As for the CPU cooler, you can't go wrong with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.
Motherboard depends a lot on what you're after. But for a simple, affordable Z77 motherboard for overclocking, Asrock Z77 Extreme4 is a good option.
Edit: Actually it looks like the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H is cheaper at Newegg, so I'll recommend that instead. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Would certainly prefer XFX, for power supply, to OCZ. Not a lot to choose between ASRock, and Gigabyte mobos, but would slightly favour ASRock, at sinilar price. Something like Asus P8Z77-V PRO is very good (and user friendly), but a bit pricier.
The only thing I would suggest changing, might be Vetrex 3 SSD. The Vertex 4 isn't bad, but prefer either Samsung 830, or Crucial M4. GTX 670 very good graphics. Which one isn't easy. Toms Hardware did an article, few months ago, testing 7 different 670's. Worth a read.