Just wanna say thanks in advanced for any advice given.
Im building a new PC bottom up, since I sold my Alienware desktop, and have always wanted to build one from absolute scratch. Ive got most of it down, but i specifically need help on motherboard and PSU.
HD: Western Digital WD Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
The thing im specifically looking for in regards to the MOBO, is proper cooling since there will be 2 670s slapped on together (I would like some space between the two cards). Other than that, I will not really be OC'ing at all, just gaming on 1080p. The price range for the Mobo for me is about 250$ max. More importantly, I'm really worried about what PSU to get, since I have seen a friends PSU go "nuts and die" once, so im willing to spend as much as it take to get an extremely good one. Which brands should I stick to in regards to the PSU? and how much power will I need? I'm thinking i need about 900w-1000w.
Overall though, any advice or critique on anything would help out, but specifically, the MOBO and PSU. THanks!
If you are going all out get the Western Digital Velociraptor @10000RPM it is an absolute monster. Also if this is your first build don't water cool, in my experience the people who mess up water cooling the most often are the people whos first attempt it is. The HAF 932 is good, I'd buy aftermarket case fans as it has a lot of optional fans spots I would take advantage of.
1) For a single 1080P monitor, I might suggest that you start with a single GTX670 or GTX680.
I think it unlikely that you will need more unless you are planning on triple monitor gaming or are using a 2560 x 1440 monitor.
I am not much in favor of dual cards unless a great single card will not do the job. But, it does not cost too much more to plan for dual cards.
3) For gaming, I would not pick a 3770. Few games use more than 2-3 cores, so the extra hyperthreads of the 3770 are largely useless and not a good return for the extra $100 spent. And, I would buy a "K" version to preserve your option to oveclock.
You will pay a 5% premium and get a potential 25% performance boost back.
5) With your budget, definitely buy a ssd for the os and some games.
A 120gb ssd will hold a handful of games, with 180gb or 240gb, you may not need a hard drive at all.
If you need to store large video files, then add a large hard drive later.
6) Buy a $30 cpu cooler like the cm hyper212. It will keep your cpu cooler and quieter.
The backplate mount will be easier for the novice to install than the tricky intel stock pushpins.
With your budget, you are crazy not to get the 3570K for $10 more.
I think the motherboard is overpriced by $100, but no harm will be done.
yeah your right, ive been doing some more reading on motherboards, since i thought it might be adequate to know what one is buying, and i got the one you suggested. so i saved some more money. thanks again!