Hi! I'm looking to upgrade my current PC, pretty much replacing everything except a few components. I have a budget of around 1000$, and live in Canada, so will probably get everything from newegg.ca. I am going to wait until AMD comes out with the new 7xxx series before purchasing a new video card, I currently have a 5770 Vapor-X. Will run on Windows 7. Main games I will be playing are Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, Skyrim.
Well the sound card is definitely better than onboard, but I can see how most users wouldn't need one.
As for ssds, I have read the best value for money articles here and will go with the best value and safest long term. I mainly need help with the motherboard and ram, and making sure everything fits in the case. My current build is pretty cluttered since the PSU has so many wires, and all the new GPUs take 2 slots.
i5-2500k and other SandyBridge CPU's use socket 1155.
Popular brands include: ASUS, ASRock, MSI, Gigabyte
Z68 type is recommended, however P67 will also work providing your using a graphics card. (P67 has a few less features than Z68 and because the price difference is very little, Z68 is usually the worthwhile choice).
Avoid Micro-ATX motherboards, standard size will give your more slots and expandability.
When looking for a motherboard do you require it to be SLI/Crossfire ready? There's a fairly big price jump between Motherboards made for single cards, motherboards made for crossfire, and motherboards made for SLI.
Modular PSU - They aren't NECESSARY by any means, its just nice not to have unused cables left floating about in your case, due to it being modular, you only connect the cables your actually using.