Originally Posted by Brennan
I recently have been putting together a PC that will primarily be used for gaming, I would just like some input on the components I chose and if there would be any better options while still keeping the price under $1200.00, Thank youMotherBoard
- ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel MotherboardLink
The only thing a motherboard can do for you, is provide a place to plug things in, and support various levels of stable overclocking. Ask yourself what holes this motherboard has that some other board doesn't that you will actually be sticking something into. Once you get over about $120 on the MOBO, the difference in overclocking on an i5 Ivy won't be much different since the power requirements are pretty friendly. You can spend hundreds more and only see minor gains in overclocking potential (like, a few percent). For equal CPU, GPU, and RAM, the motherboard typically makes NO MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE in performance. $210 is too much motherboard for a gaming build at this budget.
Use this combo for your CPU/MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1071269
- Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHzLink
See link above. i5 is the better value for a gaming system.
- EVGA GeForce GTX 480Link
This budget has room for a GTX670, which uses less power and is roughly twice as fast as the GTX480.
Combo special: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1076794
- RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12VLink
EEK, raidmax? See link above for a combo with a respectable PSU. I fact, the PSU in the combo above will easily support another GPU and is overkill all around but hey, you rest easy knowing you have one of the finest PSUs money can buy.
- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPMLink
That's an excellent choice for 2010. This is 2012, and 1TB per platter density is available.
better warranty, lower power consumption, higher transfer rates, similar price.
- Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid TowerLink
You can fit this case very nearly in budget ($15 over) with the other components I've selected. Otherwise, keep in mind that a case, very much like the motherboard, is just a place to put things, with a slight impact on max overclocks as some breath better than others. There are many mid-tower cases around $50 that will provide all the "holes" you need to install all of your stuff, while providing good air flow.
On special promo code savings right now for $40 free shipping. That's a savings of $70 compared to the "nine hundred" and will not change the performance of the machine. This brings you below budget.
- G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)Link
and I am using an optical drive from my current PC
RAM Speeds over ~1600MT produce no meaningful performance improvement. You're wasting a ton of money on that. Besides, a good low voltage kit will offer you plenty of headroom for playing with higher clocks.
Because I'm bored with WondeRam suggestions and this is a few bucks less.Edited by mdocod - 10/3/12 at 4:15pm