The PWM fan that's included with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo cooler is fine. If you want to use the Scythe fan for case cooling, that's okay but expensive.atrifix wrote:CPU Fan - Scythe Gentle Typhoon $19
Do you live near a Micro Center? They have some excellent deals on the Core i5-3570K processor with Z77 motherboards. The Core i5-3570K with the ASRock Z77 Pro4-M is just $250 + tax, for example.atrfix wrote:Motherboard - BIOSTAR TZ68K+ $100 ($15 MIR)
That's pretty dreadful for 3D gaming. With Radeon HD7770 available for under $130, I wouldn't get anything less. If you absolutely want a low-end NVidia card, the new GeForce GT640 is current.artfix wrote: GPU - ZOTAC GeForce GT 430 $70 ($30 MIR)
atrifix wrote:I don't think that a high-end GPU is necessary since gaming will be minimal, I am not going to be playing Metro or Crysis. I will consider a small upgrade, though.
Given that I intend to overclock, is it worth it to get IB & Z77? I am not sure about the difference between the 2500K and 3570K in practice. I don't think I need any of the features of the Z77 (native USB3/PCIe3).
PSU - is this insufficient for this build? If so, what do I need here?
Case - looked like a resonable, roomy case with good airflow and cable management. I am open to anything though. Planned to add fans to keep the case & CPU cool, but I can reevaluate that.
atrifix wrote:I don't live anywhere near a Microcenter but I may be driving by one this weekend. So I can pick up a Z77 mobo if they have a good deal on it.
CPU - i5-3570K $240
Heatsink - CM Hyper 212 EVO $34
Motherboard - BIOSTAR TZ68K+ $100 ($15 MIR)
RAM - Samsung 8GB DDR3-1600 $47
GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1GB $140 ($25 MIR)
HDD - WD Caviar Green 2TB SATA3 $120
Optical - Lite-On 24X $20
SSD - Plextor M3 128GB $130 ($30 MIR)
PSU - CORSAIR TX650 650W $90 ($20 MIR)
Case - Lian-Li PC-K7B $80
Monitor - Asus 23.6" VH242H $180 ($10 MIR)
Keyboard/Mouse - Logitech Wireless MK260 $29
OS - Windows 7 $100
Total: $1,310 ($1,210 after MIRs)
I don't live anywhere near a Microcenter but I may be driving by one this weekend. So I can pick up a Z77 mobo if they have a good deal on it.
atrifix wrote:Not sure about the case, but I think I want something a little bit smaller and lighter than the K60B. There is the possibility that I'll move/travel with it at some point. Airflow is obviously a big plus, and I like Lian-Li's more subtle style and perpendicular drive bays. But, I am not excessively picky.
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