Build $1850 (Or Less) Intel

Hey all, so I'm building a computer in early February, and I was wondering if this would be a decent build.


That's around $1850.


If you don't want to look at the stuff on that link, I'll list components below:

CPU - Intel-i7 3770k

Mobo - Asus P8Z77-V Pro

RAM - Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4) DDR3-1866

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB

GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 680

Case - Corsair C70 Mid Tower

PSU - Corsair Professional 750W 80 Plus SILVER

CD/DVD - Exists, who cares?

Monitor - ASUS VE248H 24-inch


A few things:

  • RAM is 16GB because Crysis 3 runs 8 GB, and I plan to do some heavy internet surfing. By heavy I mean 30-50 tabs open when I'm trying to search for stuff. Don't ask about my heavy tab usage, I'm confused to.
  • Only 1 Monitor because of the fact that I currently have a corner desk with terrible space. In the future I'll get a decent desk, but I do not need to spend the cash right now.
  • Mid Tower is for LAN Parties,
  • No SSD as I already have aquired one for free.
  • Already have a gaming mouse/keyboard/headset


Any changes that I should make? I'm not really interested in dual GPU's for now.


Have you looked at the 3570k? This link shows you gaming benchmarks of the 3570k vs the 3770k. Personally, i would opt for the 3570k save the 100$ and invest it in a proper cooler for it so i can overclock it if needed. I believe the Corsair H100, Noctua D14 Havik 140 etc are within the $100 mark and will far outperform the factory heatsink.


Other then that it looks pretty good, if you do decide to get a properly massive air cooler you'll need to get the low profile vengeance kit.

Probably going to not get the corsair h100, as I don't believe that it would fit well into my case.


But, the Noctua Havik 140 looks great, and I know it cools very well. My only concern is if it will fit inside the case, as it is fairly massive. I'm worried about it touching the side of my case.

I dont think the havik will fit, maybe a nicer zalman or one of the smaller noctuas witll do the trick, i'm sure an evo will fit and i think an h100 would fit tbh, might have to mount the push fans on the outside. No other comments id like to make. 

Just to add to Oxy, the D14 will definitely fit no problems at all.,8.html It seems that 160mm tall heatsinks are the sweet spot for the C70, i couldn't find any c70's with Havik 140(even though the havik is only 6mm taller then the D14).

The H100 does also fit, take a look here. You can watch the review Tom Logan did on the C70, he really  went into detail on everything.

I would suggest downgrading to the i5-3570k, less heating issues in favor of quicker memory. 2133mhz or 2400mhz. If you're going to for a liquid cooling solution I would recommend the H80i mostly because it preforms exactly the same as the h100i but is cheaper and takes up less space. Plus the Case is nice but check out the CoolerMaster HAF XB, cheaper and amazingly spacious. 

Altogether I you should be saving $30, gaining quicker memory and a cooler system with amazing airflow.