System Usage from Most to Least Important: 90% Gaming, 9% Normal internet/school usage, 1% Video Recording/Editing
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, Headset
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: USA (FL, to be precise)
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel
SLI or Crossfire: Most likely not.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Is an 850w PSU good enough for this build? Now, with the triple-slot video card I'd like to get, would I be able to be sort of "future proofed" for at least 2 years? Is there another SSD Option that would be better (and more reliable, from what I'm reading...) for my budget? How big is the difference between a hybrid drive, such as a MomentusXT, and an SSD, since that will help me a lot budget wise if the difference is minimal. Will a Noctua NH-D14 fit in this case? With those in mind... here's what I've got so far.
Pretty solid! 850W is plenty for that system and would allow you to add a second GTX 580 down the road. The Vertex 3 SSD is a great unit. It will greatly outperform any spindle or hybrid drive so don't replace it with a MomentusXT.
CPU Cooler - The Noctua should fit, but it may be considered overkill. Consider the Hyper 212+ at a third of the price. It will keep your temps in check just the same...
Yeah solid build. You've even picked up a case with USB3.0 slots.
With regards to the hybrid drive I'm not sure if you'll find any direct comparisons against it and a Vertex 3 but this review compares it against the Vertex 2. The vertex gets 4x the hybrid score. I can only assume a Vertex 3 would score as well if not better.
However that's just a benchmark. Since you've broken your budget I'd just pick up a regard old hard drive. Then if that drives you to fury then pick up a shiny SSD.
I'm not really worried as much as breaking my budget by this much if it means my new PC's performance will take a hit otherwise. I was just wondering if it was feasible to keep it "as good or better", while possibly lowering the price. If not, it's not really a big deal.
Having the Vertex 3 would be the "fastest" boot drive of all current options. It has the latest Sandforce controller on a SATA 3 input. However, as Rusting in Peace states, you will only notice this difference with OS / application load times. If this doesn't appeal to you for the $350 price tag the Samsung F3 would make a great boot drive as well. Load times being a little slower of course...
If you aren't going with the SSD, then the Samsung F3 is probably the choice. Yes, the MomentusXT is a "compromise" between the other two drives, but you aren't concerned with load times. I would roll with the F3 and put the remaining money into another component...