i5 3570k - $229
There's no need for an i7 on this build, 3570k is only $10 more than an i5 2500k and Ivy is better clock-for-clock than SB.Cooler:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $30
That's the cooler with the best bang/buck ratio, achieves good OC's usually.Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H - $189
Same price as the P8Z77-V, offer significantly more for the price
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - $154
The cheaper model, still a solid mid-to-high range motherboard, this is a very good buy for the price.
Oh and there's no need to be worried by the fact that some of the VRMs aren't covered by an heatsink, its not needed and the board will be perfectly fine for overclocking.
Here's a comparaison quote from one of our members :
Originally Posted by DeXel UD5H
Headphone amplifer and better audio codec
6 phase digital VRM
Limited fan controlP8Z77-V
4 phase digital VRM
Fan Expert2 software (you can control all fans)
6 Phase digital VRM
Limited fan control
(note: the VRM count isn't an absolute factor, what's also important is the quality and delivered power).Video card:
Sapphire HD 7950 3GB - $309
For the exact same price as the MSI 660 Ti PE/OC, this Sapphire performs better, has more memory and more mem.bandwidth, and a great cooling.
(Alternatively, you have the MSI TFIII
for $10 more. There is no TFIV 7950 BTW.)PSU:
The Rosewill Capstone is the best deal currently: it has Super Flower internals, Gold certified and fully-modular, that is with a great price. The 550W model should be just fine, otherwise the 650/750W models are priced the same.
Rosewill Capstone 550W-M - $74
Rosewill Capstone 750W-M - $99
That's $50 less than the Seasonic!Memory:
I would suggest the Samsung new 30nm memory "Wonder RAM", it has a crazy overclock potential and is very cheap (more info here
). For a gaming PC 8GB will be more than enough in every situations.
Samsung 2x4GB MV-3V4G3D/US - $45
Currently the best HDDs and those with single 1TB-platter.
I would suggest a WD drive, they have the best reliability.
Western Digital WD10EZEX - $84
This is WD's new 1TB drive. More info and review here
Otherwise if you want to stick with Seagate I would suggest their new single 1TB-platter drive also.
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 - $79
I would really suggest getting an SSD, the prices have gone way down recently and it will make your computer superfast.
The Vertex 4 is a top-tier and very reliable drive, and its currently well positioned in terms of price.
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB - $104
OCZ Vertex 4 256GB - $209
There's a lot of great cases, I assume you want to go for a Mid-Tower which is commonly the standard size.
Fractal Design Arc Midi, Define R4, Corsair 300R, Rosewill Challenger, CM Storm Scout, some like the HAF series also...Edited by adridu59 - 10/9/12 at 10:11am