Long time reader, first-time poster. I have finally decided to make the jump to PC gaming, console gaming simply doesn't cut it anymore (especially after hearing the dismal rumored specs for the next gen). I toyed with the idea of building my own, but since I really want a small-form factor system (more difficult to build?) I have decided to go with Maingear PC's Potenza.
I have configured 2 different builds listed below:
Configuration 1: ------$1756.00
Chassis: Potenza with VRTX Cooling Technology
Motherboard: Asus® P8Z77-I Deluxe Featuring USB 3.0, SATA 6G, 802.11n/Bluetooth, Lucid Virtu MVP
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 3570K 3.4GHz/3.8GHz Turbo 6MB L3 Cache HD 4000
MAINGEAR Redline Overclocking Service: YES! - Redline™ Overclock My System!
Processor Cooling: MAINGEAR EPIC 120 Supercooler
Memory: 8GB Corsair® Vengeance™ DDR3-1600 1.5V (2x4GB)
Power Supply: 450W Silverstone ST45SF 80 Plus Bronze Certified PSU
Graphics and GPGPU Accelerator: NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 w/PhysX [ENTHUSIAST]
Hard Drive Bay One: 120GB Corsair® Force GT SSD SATA 6G (w/ TRIM) [555MB/s Reads]
Wireless Network Adapter: Integrated 802.11b/g/n Wireless - up to 300Mbps!
Configuration 2 --- $1520
Same components above except:
Motherboard: Asus® P8H77-I Mini-ITX Featuring USB 3.0, SATA 6G, Lucid Virtu
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 3550 3.3GHz/3.7GHz Turbo 6MB L3 Cache HD 2500
MAINGEAR Redline Overclocking Service: Intel® Turbo Boost Advanced Automatic Overclocking
Processor Cooling: MAINGEAR Certified Intel® Retail Cooler
No Wireless Network Adapter
I just wanted to hear everyone's opinion on which build I should go for, and why. Should I think about completely changing certain components entirely? Is the $236 worth downgrading the components? I'm interested in playing all of the mainstream titles in gaming at max settings on 1920x1080 resolution (BF3, Skyrim, Mass Effect, etc.) I might want to overclock, but only down the road when it might be required to run certain games. Your input is much appreciated!!