MOBO 2: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($120, $105 after MIR)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($30)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50)
SSD: Intel 330 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($160, $130 After MIR)
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($250, $230 after MIR)
PSU: NZXT HALE82-N 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65, $30 After MIR)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($100, $70 after MIR)
Total: $1010, $895 after MIR
Already ordered psu, case, and ssd.
My first question is what MOBO is better? ive looked at the specs and both seem very similar and cant decide.
I know i can save a few dollars on the cpu cooler but dont know which is good cpu cooler for cheaper. I also i know I could get a cheaper case but it just called out to me lol, I didnt want to spend that much on a gpu but i want the card to last me for a while since i dont plan on upgrading anything for a while. I think its a good build for the price especially after MIR but they arnt always 100% so i dont like counting them in the budget. I would like to bring down the cost a little though.
The extreme 4 is better because it supports two video cards if you ever decide to crossfire. If you want to save some money, you can drop down to the 3570k and you will see no difference in games, and very little, if any in video editing.
Similar price, better PSU, better GPU, better MOBO, performance pretty much where it matters. Sure it'll be nice to have 16GB of ram, but no one will need that much for a WHILE like a LONG while.
Plus, with the better PSU, instead of buying a newer GPU you only have to get another 7950 to Crossfire by which time will be cheap.
Overall, I'd try and return the PSU and well SSD is solid
If you want to save some money but get equal performance, check out my $850 build here: http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14708687...
Honestly, the i5 3570K will perform at 95% of the i7 and it'll cost much less. Not to mention the i5 3570K can still overclock if you feel the need. Quite honestly, the average person wouldn't even notice the difference. As for the GPU, I'd try getting the 7950 but that's your choice if you want to or not. The 750w Hive will be a solid replacement for the GPU, try and get a PSU you can CF with in the future because that means to upgrade your GPU performance, you can just buy another 7870/7950 for much less as it'll drop in price by that time you want to upgrade graphics.
Thanks for the answer, ya i saw that GPU but didnt know how long it would take to restock them. I guess ill wait and see for a little bit. and ill switch cpu and cpu coolers too. saved me ~$80 =) thanks.
Haha it can handle everything, but personally, I like to overclock anyways just to push my GPUs to their limits, benchmarks typically though. I mean Oc'd 7870's are unnecessary but are kinda cool, IDK, I guess just for the sake of even more performance.
Yea, its more or less just for fun. Since the OP was more budget minded I figured I would try to keep everything on a functional level. I completely agree with you though. It's fun to make stuff unnecessarily powerful.