Mate, I was going through PCPartpicker NZ and it reminded me how expensive stuff is in NZ. No wonder all my Kiwi friends are coming overhere to live with us Aussies
Anyway just had a tinker on partpicker and came up with this.CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($315.00 @ Computer Lounge)CPU Cooler:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($56.35 @ PB Technologies)Motherboard:
ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($191.02 @ Ascent Technology)Memory:
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.00 @ PC Force)Storage:
OCZ Vertex 3 – MAX IOPS Edition 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($274.84 @ PB Technologies)Storage:
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.00 @ PC Force)Video Card:
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($499.00 @ Computer Lounge)Case:
NZXT Phantom 410 (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($199.00 @ Computer Lounge)Power Supply:
SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($179.00 @ Computer Lounge)Total: $1892.21
I changed the cooler from the H100 to the CM Hyper 212 for very good reasons. The Hyper 212 will enable you to easily overclock up to 4.6ghz. How do I know? Because I have my 3570k at that speed right now on a 212 EVO. Will the H100 give you more? Yeah, you can probably guarantee at least another 200mhz. That said when I get the time to tinker with my oc more I reckon I will run at a stable 4.7-4.8ghz. The H100 will give you a tiny bit more out of the chip for a four fold increase in cost. Not worth it. Not even close to worth it. Get the 212 and you won't regret it mate.
I switched the motherboard to the Extreme-4 M because it offers, for all intents and purposes, identical specs but costs $170 less. Now I am sure your mates can get you discounts but damn. $170 bucks just to have a little bit of red on the mobo? Most of which will disappear under your ram and graphics card. Save the money mate and stick in some red LED fans and strips or cathodes. It'll give you a better look anyway.
I shoved in a 1TB HDD. Because that 240gb SSD will fill up faster than you'd believe was possible.
Switched to a Gigabyte 7950, the performance with the Asus model is within the margin of error (essentially identical) but the GB model is $50 cheaper.
All round I think you had a pretty decent setup, just the cooler and mobo seemed a bit wasteful. Some people are down on air-cooling but the reality is that it works very well; and only gets loud when you load the fan up to full power. Since that only really happens during burn in tests, you will barely notice any sound at all
In NZ where the ambient temperatures are pretty low for most of the year you should get even better oc'ing than I do up here in Brisbane.Edited by Lrae Nekram - 1/14/13 at 2:59am