Originally Posted by Aspec89
Listed what I planned to change, pretty much the entire pc. Rather stick with AMD since I've never had any issues with the CPU's, my current mobo is an Asus board but can't think of the model, only has a single pcie slot and its on DDR2 still. Think the 955 is the OEM version also, I have no clue on how to overclock and ill probably mess it up and fry my computer if I tried to lol.. my 955 is at the stock 3.2ghz plus Intel is quite a bit expensive XD
Planned to go:
Asus crosshair v formula-z
Corsair vengeance 1600 DDR3
CM v6gt or corsair h80 cooler(I live in florida)
1-2 SSD drives, for windows/games
Gpu yet to be decided..
I've bought storm trooper case and my 1000w PSU will be here Thursday.
why did you order a 1000w PSU. Only HD 7970 Tri CF or GTX 680 Tri SLI requires a 1000w PSU. Also spending 150 bucks on a case was not needed. Anyway whats done is done.
The components which have the most impact on the system are CPU and GPU. Instead of ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z and FX-4170 , you can easily get a core i5 3570k and a decent intel Z77 motherboard.
Intel core i5 3570k - USD 215 with rebate
ASROCK Z75 motherboard - USD 85
"Intel Z75 Express Chipset also enables overclocking features of unlocked 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors."
Also any decent air cooler like the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus is more than enough for running a core i5 at 4 - 4.4 Ghz. look at the amount of reviews the card has on newegg. one of the most popular air coolers for core i5 and core i7.
check out a user running core i5 2500k at 4.3 Ghz and CPU temps below 60c using the hyper 212 plus
As for GPU i will give you both HD 7950 and HD 7970 options
Sapphire HD 7950 950 mhz edition - USD 310 after rebate
Gigabyte HD 7950 Windforce (900 Mhz) - USD 310 after rebate
Sapphire HD 7970 OC (1 Ghz) - USD 380 after rebate
Gigabyte HD 7970 Windforce (1 Ghz) - USD 420 after rebate
the gigabyte windforce has the best cooler . sapphire cards come with Dual X cooler which is pretty good.