Approximate Purchase Date: Christmas Budget Range: $1500 (Before Shipping/Rebates) System Usage: Gaming/Internet/Movies Are you buying a monitor: No Parts to Upgrade: Everything except mouse/keyboard/headset Do you need to buy OS: Yes Location: Garland, TX, United States Parts Preferences: None Overclocking: Yes SLI or Crossfire: No Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Additional Comments: I would like a gaming computer that I can use for LAN Parties/Tournaments that can play any games on max setting with zero lag. Why Are You Upgrading: Because I am currently using a computer that I have been using since January 30, 2000!
You can get Win 8 or Win 7, I prefer 7
For $100 more you can get a h100 water cooler with a double radiator that could mount on the top of the case, the processor is K series so you can overclock it in future
Consider buying a SSD instead of a hard drive.
120gb will hold the os and a handful of games. You can add a hard drive later if need be.
If you can manage 180gb or 240gb, you may never need a hard drive at all.
Samsung 830 or Intel 330 would be my pick for reliability.
Expect to pay <$1 per gb. Look for sales.
I have one in red which is a stunning color. No longer produced, but might be available on e-bay.
There is limited height for a cpu cooler. About 110mm, so a low profile cooler is in order.
The 140mm intake fan provides plenty of cool air for the cpu and gpu.
You will need a downdraft type oem cooler like the Noctua NH-L12, but the stock intel cooler will do the job sufficiently well.
It will get noisy though. Some have installed all-in one liquid coolers with the radiators occupyint the top 120mm exit spot.
This might be reasonable, but I would try the stock cooler first.
For good cooling graphics cards in any case, I like the direct exhaust type coolers better.
The HIS linked looks good, and EVGA makes a nice GTX670 FTW.
Looks great remember like i mentioned you're going to want to buy some good case fans the ones it comes with are decent.It gets toasty trust me lol.I add a 200mm to the front and 140mm to the rear then i took the two stock 120 mm case comes with and added them to the top of case.