I really wanted to go for an Ivy Bridge CPU. The PCI-e 3.0 is nice and they are a little faster out of the box. However, for gaming, the i5 2500k is still the CPU of choice. It overclocks like a champion. The Ivy Bridge CPU's can't handle the heat. So, what we are going to do is install a 2500k and OC the dickens out of it.
I choose the water cooling based on the price. I do not give it my full recommendation. It is good for the money but a little difficult to install correctly. In fact, if you do not install it perfectly, the performance will be totally different.
Ok, here are my notes for the video:
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 lga 1155 - $139
· crossfire, sli, ivy bridge, xfast, gold solid caps
· digi power
· VGA, DVI, hdmi onboard!
· clear cmos on the back
· 4 sata 2, 4 sata 3
· 2800+ DDR3
· system browser in bios... kinda like device manager in the bios
· power and reset on the board!
CPU: Intel i5 2500k OEM - $210
Cooling: XIGMATEK AIO-S80DP Water Cooling: $39
GPU: ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7870 - $349
OR GTX 670 (depending on the price)
Ram: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 - $59
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power - $89
Case: Rosewill RANGER Gaming ATX $59
SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III - $139
CD/DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $17
To save a little:
Swap the GPU for a Radeon 6870 $169 (or less)
You could also either swap the SSD or add one of these for storage: Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb $99