So here are the specs for a system I built on Maingear.
Chassis: F131 Super Stock - Solid Panel with Acoustic Dampening (chassis-F131-ss)
Exterior Finish: F131 Super Stock - Stock Black (ext-stock-f131)
Motherboard: Intel® DP67BG Extreme Series Featuring USB 3.0 and SATA 6G [B3 Stepping] (mb-intel-blkdp67bgb3)
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 2500K 3.3GHz/3.7GHz Turbo 6MB L3 Cache GT2 (cpu-intel-i52500k)
Processor Cooling: MAINGEAR LiquidX 1500 Supercooler (cooling-asetek120-or-coolitr120)
MAINGEAR Redline Overclocking Service: YES! - Redline™ Overclock My System! (redline-yes)
Memory: 8GB Patriot® Division2 G2 DDR3-1600 Enhanced Latency (2x4GB) (mem-patriot-pgd38g1600elk)
Graphics and GPGPU Accelerator: NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 560 Ti 1GB GDDR5 w/PhysX [ENTHUSIAST] (gpu-nvidia-gtx560)
Power Supply: 660 Watt Seasonic® X-660 80+ Gold Certified Modular Power Supply ROHS (psu-Seasonic-X-660)
Hard Drive Bay One: 80GB Intel® 320 Series SSD (w/ TRIM) [270MB/s Reads] (hdd-intel320-80gb)
Hard Drive Bay Two: 1.0TB Samsung F3 7200rpm 32MB Cache SATA (hdd-samsung-f3-HD103SJ)
Optical Drive One: 8X Lite-On Blu-ray Reader and DVD Lightscribe Combo Drive with Software (optical-lite-on-iHES208-08)
Audio: 7.1+2 Channel High Definition Surround Sound Supporting S/DIF Optical In and Out (audio-integratedDP55SB)
Network Adapter: On-board Gigabit Ethernet (nic-onboardDP55KG)
Wireless Network Adapter: Integrated 802.11b/g/n Wireless - up to 300Mbps! (lan-integratedwireless)
Bluetooth: Integrated Bluetooth Technology Module (bluetooth-integratedintel)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (os-windows7-homepremium64)
The price came to right about $2000. My computer use consists of some gaming (civilization, Dawn of War, etc). I also use mutiple screens and run 2 or more applications at a time. I would like for this computer to last at least 5 years. The last computer I had was a Dell laptop that I have had for four years.
The concerns I had with this system were:
Is the processor good enough or do I need the i7?
Is the SSD drive worth having or is it a waste of money?
And any other advice you might have would be greatly appreciated.
Your usernames very similar to another Toms member, and its one I'd hardly expect to be asking for build advice hehe
The 2500k is pretty much THE gaming chip right now,
SSD will help you load stuff faster, but wont actually make any difference ingame
I wouldn't have a gaming pc connected wirelessly, Hardwired all the way
I'm none to sure on the 'watercooling' there, could you swap it for a corsair H50 or H70?
maybe uprate the graphics to a 570 or 580 as well and that should last you the 4-5 years you'd like it to imo,
ofc I couldn't leave without asking if you'd considered building it yourself and saving money?