I'm rather new to these amazing forums that I've only been reading for quite some time now. So I've decided to buy some new components, and as I have already ordered and received some, I would like some opinions on those which I've still not ordered.
First I will list the components that I already have:
CPU: i5 3570K - nothing to say here, I picked that one as it's priced well, it's unlocked, I do not need the other 4 threads 3770 offers.
GPU: HIS HD 7870 IceQX Turbo X - comes overclocked at 1100mhz out of the box and the reason I got this card is the price, I got a real good deal from a friend who sold it to me for just 180 pounds
when it cost about 240 cheapest online.
PSU: OCZ ZS Series 750W - I know it's a really big power supply, but that makes it future proof in my opinion, as they tend to lose some wattage with time and I can upgrade my rig further without worrying about feeding all the power to my components.
And now we come to the parts that I plan to order first thing next Monday:
Motherboard: Asus Maximus Gene V - it's a decent Z77 board, and although it's a m-ATX, it has nice features for my gaming side and offers more than decent overclocking capabilities. I was also considering a normal Asus P8Z77-V, but the features on the Maximus are actually the ones I need and well the more expensive Maximus models are way too expensive. Other options are Asrock's Extreme 6, or a decent GB/MSI board, but reviews and previous experience with Asus components made me pick the Gene V over them. Please do share your opinions on motherboards.
RAM: 16GB GeIL Evo Veloce DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Dual Channel kit 2x8GB (10-10-10-28) - so my thoughts here are that I want more memory so I can stream online, I went for dual channel for better overclocks and to save me 2 slots for future upgrades. I'm pretty sure those sticks will be able to run at 1866 if I need them to. If I would be to buy same amount of memory but clocked at 1866 I would have to pay about 20-25 pounds more (these geils cost 82 pounds including delivery). Please do share your opinions on memory.
Cooler: Zalman CNPS12X - well after reading a review at xbitlabs.com about that cooler, I could not really chose any other air cooler. It is priced well (just 60 pounds) and it is very very efficient and quiet compared to others. As I do not plan to overclock more than say 4.5ghz, this cooler is more than capable of cooling that so I do not need to spend 100 pounds on water cooling kit that would be noisier. Please do share your opinions on coolers.
SSD: OCZ Agility 4 128gb - I already have a SanDisk Extreme 120gb, as I got it really cheap for just 65 pounds when it was in promotion on ebuyer.com, and the Agility comes at just 75 pounds, but has extra 8gb. I know these are not the best in class, but the best in class are way more expensive, for not that much performance increase. The reason I want a second SSD is because after I install all my software on the 120gb SanDisk (not including any games) I'm left with roughly 50gb, which is far from enough for my games. I also have a 1GB HDD and 2GB HDD, which I will keep for my archives.
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM - it costs just 95 pounds, it's not as big as the HAF X, it looks good, it can easily fit everything I need it to fit. Just a fan of CM over any other case maker, but please do share your opinions on cases!
Well that's about it. I would really appreciate if you would give me your constructive feedback on the components that I am yet to order next week. My greatest concern is the motherboard, because it is a m-ATX, but seems to outperform average ATX boards. The rest seems good enough to me, but please do share your opinions!
Thank you very much in advance!