Originally Posted by BiG StroOnZ Mobo:
GIGABYTE GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP - $109.99
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor - $209.99
Thermalright CoGage True Spirit - $36.99
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3 1600 - Free
w/ Motherboard @ Newegg.comHDD:
WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive - $66.49
XFX Core Edition PRO550W 80 PLUS BRONZE - $61.24
HIS 7870 IceQ 2 GB - $189.00
Although it's about 73 dollars over budget, you are getting a solid computer that will leave you with a smile on your face because every part is top notch. When you are ready to overclock, you will have all the components needed to do so. You got a solid processor and motherboard. The memory that is included with the motherboard is great memory and has good overclocking potential. The CPU cooler is awesome and will keep those temps nice and low (and will even allow you to do a quick 4.3/4.4GHz overclock if you want to after your build is up). You get a 1TB drive as opposed to your original amount you wanted. You get a really decent PSU that will work great. Lastly, you get a nice 7870 video card that will overclock pretty nicely and allow you to max out quite a decent amount of games or at least come close to it.
Severely doubt anyone beating this.
Um.... to come a little closer to the budget I could change the HDD.
I have a question. The link you posted for HIS 7870 iceQ says that the GPU is of $199.99, on Amazon
When and if I buy it from a retail shop what will it cost? $310?
Another GPU question, wh not the nvidia 660? (gigabyte version), the only major difference I could find was that they had different Memory Interface Width (192 bit of the 660 and 256 bit of the 7870)?
If the 7870 is of $310 then is it worth it? 'Cause i dont think that i'll be able to afford it then. By the way, the 7870 is from AMD? right?
Now onto the cooler, really? $30+ for a cooler? cant it be cheaper?
So, the CPU, 3rd gen (that doesn't really matter for me)? I searched a bit on google about that i5 you mentioned and it is looking sweet.
Id like to add that I wont be buying these parts online, as they cant be shipped to where I am, thus your "free" ram trick doesn't work. we are talking about around $50 worth of RAM here.
also on the ram subject, shouldn't I buy 8gb of RAM? (2x4gb)
So i'd like to ask a general question, when buying RAM, what things should I look for?
For example I know that DDR3 is better than DDR2, the link you gave said that the RAM card is 240pin. '?'
and SDRAM is better than regular DRAM? right?
Ant Thank you for helping me, these little things are helping A LOT!