So, recently moved back to the states from abroad and USPS fucked up my computer when I shipped it. I had insurance for $1500 and am claiming $1430, as thats how much it cost me. I believe I can salvage my HDD and SSD from them, so I have my hard drives, just need everything else.
Approximate Purchase Date: next 2 weeks
Budget Range: approx $1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, surfing
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com
Location: Ky, Cincinnati, OH area
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200, 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Would like a somewhat quiet, stable machine. Moderate OC, and will be playing games like BF3, GW2, Borderlands 2. Would like a mobo with 2 eSATA ports but I can get a pcie card if needed.
Like I had stated in the beginning, (although thanks for the suggestions) I have a SSD and a 1tb HDD I'll be allowed to salvage from my old computer. The HDD might be fucked, but the SSD should be perfectly fine.
My reasoning for the PSU is it will never be a limiting factor in my build; it should last quite a while, and it's gold rated, so it should save me on the electric bill. Worth the extra 50-70.
RAM shouldnt really matter, dont really plan on OCing that, just curious if I should go with an nvidia video card again. Never had probs with them, and they seem to outperform radeon in most of the benchmarks ive seen.
the 660ti is 8-12 % faster than the 7870. That gap is even less with the HAWK edition of the 7870. If it were me I would go for the 7870 HAWK. If you have the cash though, the 670 is definitely worth it.
My price-value rank.
2. 7870 HAWK