[quote name='Pharaun' timestamp='1355476502' post='3820977']
1) Really would prefer a delta- or seasonic- (or even channel well) made PSU instead of that piece of shit acbel-made cooler master.
are probably better choices
400W might be a tad bit on the low end for a 660, especially if you plan in jamming in a lot of HDDs or random peripherals. Barring insane levels of overclocking, it'll work. 450 almost certainly will. Ivy Bridge chips are pretty low power.
Same price, better quality PSU, will likely be quieter, generate better quality power (less likely to freak out your computer's internals), and it'll be more efficient. Less chance of a dud too.
2) Hyper 212+ is basically the same as hyper 212evo, only cheaper I believe.
3) Unless you absolutely need the features & ports on that mobo, you could probably get one for ~$60 cheaper that will perform basically the same.
Yea that's all I got, everything else looks pretty solid.
Depending on your monitor size, a 660 should be easily enough for BF3. Keep in mind that no processor on the consumer market can get SC2 to 60+FPS all the time under late game big army conditions, shit's just not gonna happen. Sorry. You'll get like 300 FPS in early game, but then the complete lack of properly done parallelization will rear its ugly head and one of your CPU cores will get raped.
1. Realistically, I suppose I wont be using full graphics settings for SC2 Ladder games, so I suppose that isn't a problem. I took your advice on replacing the power supply, what do you think of this? http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817703036
If you think 450W is pushing it with my GPU, I don't mind paying the 40$ or the extra power. Better to have an not use than not have and need.
2. I'll look into it.
3. Currently looking at options. That MoBo looks pretty solid though, and I don't mind paying the extra as long as I don't have to pay for extra random shit later. (soundcard, etc.)
Thank you for the help!
[quote name='chaplain' timestamp='1355481217' post='3821005']
PCPartPicker part list
/ Price breakdown by merchant
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
($96.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
($94.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
($307.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case
($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
($59.99 @ Amazon)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-14 05:32 EST-0500)
I slightly overstepped your 1k limit before any discounts or MIR but I crammed more stuff into this list
Took your advice on the SSD. Thanks for the site btw. Even though I'm not quite that worried about the 1's and 2's, that will definitely help when I have the money in hand.
I was looking at the MoBo you linked, and while everything looked good, I saw one review where a guy had to grab a soundcard because the onboard one was garbage. I really don't want to purchase a soundcard because I prefer USB mics, but I'll keep looking into it. Thanks!