CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($234.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($91.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($178.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($353.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($146.76 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($105.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer RZ01-00152400-R3M1 Wired Optical Mouse ($47.99 @ Best Buy)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 21:45 EST-0500)
With the difference being the motherboard, ram, and case. I will appreciate any feedback, especially if there are any serious bottlenecks in the system that I will need to sort out. I would really appreciate everyone's help so that I can get the most bang for my buck. Thanks!
Approximate Purchase Date: Mid to late January Budget Range: 1500-1800 System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Parts Not Required: N/A Preferred Website(s) for Parts: New Egg and Amazon Country: USA Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia Overclocking: Maybe SLI or Crossfire: No Monitor Resolution: 1080 Additional Comments: Any suggestions for different builds or to reduce costs will be great!
Edit: Added Parts List for the two setups I have to make things a bit easier.
Thanks for the tip, I will try and incorporate them into the build. I just picked the original two cases based on looks and what sounded like a lot of fans and room to keep the computer cool.
I am still trying to figure out at what level of quality I should combine the various components to prevent my pc from being slown down by a single bad choice, which is why I was wondering whether I should use the popular ASRock motherboard or the more expensive ASUS board. Before I did my research on this site, I always assumed the i7s were far superior to the i5s and i3s, and now from what I understand is that the performance gains do not match the hike in price. I suppose what is bothering me the most right now is that I have yet to fully comprehend why I made some of the choices I did for my build and whether or not they are the most optimal.
how do u like the build i chose for u alot of bang for ur bucks and isnt close to 1680
It is definitely more affordable. I am curious about how well the 7950 compares to the 670. I am not very knowledgeable about overclocking, But I have read that it is a very powerful contender for its price. The only thing that is a no for me is windows 8 as I have heard too many issues with it. How do people generally go about deciding the quality of a motherboard, and GPU for that matter (not the chipset but from the different brands)?