I've been lurking around for quite some time now and I think I got an idea on the best components for my needs. I'd like to hear your opinions about this build. It will be mainly for gaming and some development (Android).
Please note that I will be using a 1080p monitor (my 40" TV actually) and I know that the 7870 LE is more than capable for that resolution to max things out and keep a 40+ fps. I don't think I'll need to overclock the CPU any time soon (never did that before) but I've chosen a reasonably priced 970 mobo just in case I wanted to slightly push things up.
Now I did fill some carts here and there to see the "real" final price and it boils down to around $820 CAD (shipping, taxes, rebates) not considering the 2 games value. Is this reasonable?
I would have considered the i5 way but in all combos (even with the i5-3350p + H77) it is more expensive by at least $30-40. If you go with the Z77 (for a "K" series i5 upgrade later on), things just blow out of proportion here in the Canadian market.
Finally, I would have loved to get a micro ATX AM3+ mobo but those things don't exist any more! At least not using the latest chipsets with moderate overclocking capabilities
Im suspicious of the MSI motherboard . That model replaced the G45 which had a habit of melting or catching fire .
There are some Newegg reviews of burning smells etc despite the problems being supposedly fixed