Originally Posted by Waleh
I'm just curious, why? I dont need the HD. I specifically want the 250 GB SSD since it's going to be my only storage drive. I also don't need the watercooling kit since I'm only planning on a mild overclock. Based on Shilka's posts I also don't need the 650W PSU. A 550w seasonic should be enough. I'm also not a huge fan of the A31. I'm new to building PC's so I'm just trying to absorb as much info as I can
Thanks for the suggestions though it's highly appreciated and I thank everyone for the time they took to make a build list.
Well judging by the selection of parts between the two, giving it a glance you are left with a better end computer for the amount of money you want to spend. If you don't need the HD, then you get a bigger SSD. However, you must realize if you are purely gaming and are new. That you will fill 1TB worth of space very quickly, so might want to give that "no HD thought" of yours a second thought.
If you are only planning a mild overclock then realistically you can be fine with a simple Cooler Master Hyper T4. However, having the ability to overclock more will definitely increase your curiosity into wanting to overclock higher. Having better cooling allows this. People may settle for lower overclocks because they aren't used to being able to achieve better because of mediocre cooling. If you are sitting at extremely low temperatures at a mild overclock, you might find yourself saying well why not go for a little more. Since Haswell runs pretty hot, having better cooling will allow this.
Although you don't need the 650W PSU it's still a solid unit and if you are planning on keeping the rig for a while. Adding another 7970 will be easier than adding an entirely new card. With a 550W you won't be able to do that. You would have to replace the PSU too. With next gen consoles being released, we are about to be heading into another era where some of these older cards are not going to be able to max out the same games with a single older generation card. Where then adding a second, will be cheaper than adding an entirely new next gen card. You cant upgrade that easily if you have to replace the PSU too.
If you're not a fan of the A31 then go with a different. I would take a look at the Corsair Air 540, beautiful case. However, as far as motherboards go the ASRock is much better for a newer person. It's very user friendly, and the bios is extremely easy to navigate. Additionally, ASUS's lower end motherboards are nothing to brag about. That's not their forte. ASRock is solid when it comes to price to performance - especially low to midrange boards (they pack a lot of awesome features for the money). As far as memory goes, xd9denz's also is a better value being 2400MHz memory.
I'm also pretty sure the Gigabyte 7970 is voltage locked while the RoyalACE is not which is big for 7970 series cards. The whole point in going with AMD GPU's is that they can overclock better than their nVidia equivalents because nVidia (at least last gen) voltage locks their cards (660, 670, 680, 760, 770). Going with a manufacturer that voltage locks an AMD GPU is pretty pointless because it goes against the original idea of going with an AMD GPU in the first place. Which is they cost less, but overclock more.Edited by BiG StroOnZ - 10/9/13 at 11:47pm