I've been given a very specific budget to build myself a new gaming rig. I need to stretch the budget to cover the build and a pair of monitors. I've put together a few options and would like to hear what you all think of them and if you have any suggestions. I plan on upgrading to a SSD when I have the money. The builds are as follows:
-i7s are for work and i5s are for games. pick one
-k series CPUs are meant to be overclocked on a z77 chipset. otherwise the unlocked CPU is wasted
-if you plan on overclocking, you can save yourself so serious money
-why get 2 monitors when you have not even achieved a 1200 rig (where rigs tend to end up with the components that have the best performance)
You don't need the k version CPU unless you are overclocking. The 3470 will perform equally as well for gaming. The 7970 will crush the 660 Ti, especially in a dual monitor setup. The 200R is a nice case, but you can save there too. You don't need black edition HDD, they are overrated and over-priced. The blue editions will be just fine. The XFX is a much more reliable PSU.