Ver 2.0 Complete, upgraded to SLI!
About me. I've build 2 computers in the past, but mind you my last build was over 8 years ago. Since then I've been stuck in the laptop/PS3/iPad4/women/beer/wife/now kids world. I missed my big rig and decided recently that it's time. Just one problem, my last built was 8 years ago.
Having become wiser and more economically able, I decided that this build will be done right. Plus, the power supply on my last machine literally blew up, which, I tell you, was quite the unique experience. It thought me the valuable, yet a bit dangerously, lesson of doings things right. So, 8 years later, I go back to the drawing board.
Boy, did things change or what? PSU on the bottom is a norm, cable management is a norm, water cooling is... well, not a norm, but easier, optical drives are now insignificant, I can get an LCD fan controller and touch screen on top of that, SLI was innovative, but no more, modular PSU, my mouse works in Bios, and... the list just goes on and on.
Enough of the mumbo jumbo, here are my parts and why.
i5-3570K : Initially I was going with the i7-3770k, opted for the i5, because all of you are RIGHT, for gaming and other basic home computer tasks, I don't really need the i7.
NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid : -2 points for not enough research here. Just figured since I got a NZXT case that the radiator and everything would fit properly. Well, it didn't. But being somewhat of a handy and creative person, I made it work.
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 : Honestly, I got it for $10 more than the Extreme4, really the only reason I got it initially. Then I read somewhere that SLI 16x 3.0 would be downgraded on the Extreme4, so I guess I made the right choice, whew!
My reasoning for going with the 760 GTX Superclocked ACX: (1) I purchased and prefer the Sapphire 7970 Vapor-X 3gb GHz Edition. The issue is the card will cause the PC to not POST. This is an issue with ASRock Extreme6 mobo, that I only uncovered after 5 hours or troubleshooting. (2) BEST BUY sells the 1059 MHz version for 299.99 and they price match Amazon.com, however they match it to the $249.99 760 GTX ACX which is 980 MHz. So for $500 I got two GTX 760 Superclocked ACX cards. I'm happy! Love my 3d Mark 11 score :)
RAM : It's good ram at a good price.
SSD : There was no SSDs when I built my last PC. After comparing all the benchmarks on the whole internet, I had to just get the 840 Pro. WOW - what a difference it makes.
WD : 10,000 RPM, eeek! Had to try - this stuff was unattainable 8 years ago
Blue Fans: For strictly BLING BLING! But no, they are good, quite 140 mm fans.
Windows 7: Because 8 is for tablets and my XP CD is outdated... and lost. I do have 7 on my laptop and I love it.
Seasonic 650w Gold: Modular and enough wattage. I'm not trying to power my whole house.
That's it! Please leave me your comments and see you again in 8 years :P