Parts: SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
A-DATA S599 AS599S-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
APEVIA CF12S-BK 120mm Case Fan
Price = 929.84 Questions:
1. Should I even get the SSD drive if all i am going to be doing is playing games?
2. Should I take the $100 that I am going to dump on the SSD and put that into getting a better CPU OR GPU?
2.A. If so then what would you recommend?
3. Is there any upgrades or parts that you would swap out for performance or a better price?
4. Am I missing anything that will prevent me from building this rig the day all the parts show up?
1. This is a budgetary and personal preference question for you alone. Everything will work just fine without the SSD. Game levels with just take a smidge longer to load.
2. Not really, the HD 5870 still manages to hold its own (or better) against the $299 6950s
3. Maybe a case upgrade. Your case, fan and shipping = $48. Rosewill DESTROYER Case with 3 fans $55 incl shipping
4. Got an OS to load? Then you're ready to go.
1. The main impact of the SSD would be faster boot times.
2. Yes, the 5870 is last gen stuff, I'd opt for a 570 (requires 850 watter PSU) or 6970 if possible, the 560 is great buy
3. AS5 has a 200 hour cure time (see their web site), Shin Etsu is thew way to go; Scythe SCMG 2100 is a significant performance upgrade for just $10; numerous better RAM options available
4. Yes, TIM
SB has pushed to the price point where using AMD and budget components become essential. You could be sitting w/a Sandy Bridge box w/ hi quality components for the same price, assuming of course, you can wait till them to correct the defect .... new components expected in April