So my dream $1,350 system is on hold. Trying to figure out how to cut some corners to reduce price, but still be able to add on key components (GPU) when I have more funding. Firm on case, SSD, CPU, memory, and GPU (for now).
Areas I'm looking to reduce costs in are:
1.) PSU (do I need 750W? I want to upgrade to Nvidia's 670 sometime in the future, so please keep that in mind). Not sure how many watts I really need.
2.) Motherboard. I'm a new builder and need something that is easy to use and easy to do a little overclocking. Want to get my i5-3570k up to the lower 4Ghz area.
Getting excited that I dropped $250 from my last build. Wife shouldn't be too mad if I can get it slightly under 1k... at least I hope.
edit: I'm only going a 128bg SSD right now to cut costs. How much space would be left after installing windows 7? I ask as I can always install a regular hard drive later or use an external USB 3.0 one.
you can downgrade the 750w to a 550w
you have an ssd but no hard drive..if your budget is tight so skip on the ssd and get a 500gb hard drive
you can remove the cpu cooler and get one in future when you are more comfortable with your motherboard's bios for future overclocking (read up on forums and mobo's manual)
Great build! I have almost the same: however, mine is at 870 USD!!!!!!!!!!! I went for the 2500k (sandy bridge is much better in the long run, cooler temps, and best OC) and the rosewill capstone 550 w gold plus modular psu. My case is the corsair 500r and my hdd is the samsung spinpoint 1TB