First I want to say THANK YOU. This forum gave my husband and I the courage to build our first computer 2 years ago. Which is now wasted on me because I no longer play World of Warcraft. I dont want to trade him computers because his is >5 years old and work permitting I will resume gaming soon.
I'm looking to surprise my husband with our second computer that is self built because for the money we can build better.
Approximate Purchase Date: next 2 weeks
Budget Range: 1200-1400 total
System Usage: gaming and iTunes
Are you buying a monitor: We have 3
Do you need to buy OES: want windows 7
Preferred Website(s) for parts: no preference
Location: we have a Frys within an hour drive
Parts Preferences: corsair command memory, nvidia, intel, and asus
Overclocking: Yes please
Additional Comments: he's set on corsair memory
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want to surprise my husband with a new toy he deserves.
If it's just for one single monitor gaming, my other suggestion : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bbwi
With a good ssd, and a good single card with two free games.
About the original build, there's a lot of things that are wrong, like the overpriced ram, the wrong cpu for overclocking, the wrong board, a expensive closed loop watercooler, an overpriced hdd, a not so good case,etc.
That build I think I would trash the whole thing - Raidmax cases are horrendous and not worth purchasing. Cooler Master PSUs have a really iffy reputation and the Dominator RAM is ridiculously overpriced for what you get. You also can't pair a B75 motherboard with a 3570K because you forfeit access to the multiplier which defeats the purpose of the 3570K. And if you're not going to overclock an H100 is kind of a wasted purchase.