Reliability vs Preformance-First Build Ever HELP


Jul 7, 2012
Should I get the extreme performance

Mobo: Asus P8Z77-V
CPU: i5-3570k
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670
PSU: XFX Pro750W
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB
Hard Drive: WD Caviar Blue 160GB
RAM: G.Skill Ares 8Gb
Optical Drive: Sony Opteric 24X DVD Burner
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
Speakers: Logitech Z523

Or massively reliable System

Mobo: Asus Z77 Sabertooth
CPU: i5-3570K
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast 650W
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB
RAM: Corsair Vengence 8GB
Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black 1TB
Optical Drive: Asus Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
Speakers: Logitech Z523
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

What is your opinion TH? The Preformence build is only about $80 more expensive at about $1390.

Thanks in advance,



I definitely wouldn't call the second build "massively reliable" just because it has a more expensive motherboard. I'd combine parts from the two builds and get something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1374.75
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-31 14:33 EDT-0400)

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