So yesterday I posted a build and this is what I ended up with... Just curious on your thoughts. I already ordered it
I originally wanted an i5 3750k (Microcenter $189.99), but decided on the i7-3770k for just $40 dollars more. I live near a microcenter. Seemed like a no brainer considering its still for sale at $300+ just about everywhere.
Also keep in mind, I live in New Jersey, so if I order from Newegg I get taxed. I originally wanted a Sapphire Vapor X 7970 but with the 7% taxes it put me a little over $480, so I decided to order the MSI Lightning GTX 680 from Amazon (No taxes) for the same price. Seems like both overclock very well, but the slight edge goes to the GTX 680.
-better CPU cooler
-better motherboard although if its real cheap instore at micro, get what you originaly selected
-better and faster SSD
-680s are pointless if 670s perform around the same for way cheaper
-better case in terms of silence and cabling space. depends on your taste. i like my cases to be plain so that it doesnt lose appeal overtime
-better psu. can be bought at amazon for the same price
-much better monitor
-way better keyboard. depends if you want to order it from amazon or newegg. newegg has the 15 dollar MIR
I leave monitor and peripherals open as those things are a lot of personal preference. With this build you get a motherboard with Thunderbolt support and you get the (currently) fastest SSD on the market.
id pay the extra few cents for the u12p over the u9b.
id get the i7 if it was not much more than the i5. i originally bought a i7 when it was cheap and there wasnt much use for it. then i started to convert a ton of videos (not quick sync) and it came in handy