Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible. Budget Range: ~ $1500 (CAD) System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming — I really don't plan on using it for much else. I use my MacBook for work, casual browsing, etc. Parts Not Required: I have a mouse, monitor (Dell 24" 1920x1200), speakers, maybe HDD? (See note after build listing) Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I find NewEgg.ca usually has the best prices. But I'm open to other places if the deal is better (NCIX, TigerDirect, and so on.) Country: Canada, eh? Overclocking: Probably. But nothing too expensive or crazy. SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future. Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
It's been about 5 years since I built my last PC (in fact I remember posting to these forums then as well!) Now I'm back, excited to build brand new gaming machine. Especially so I can play Skyrim like all the cool kids. Anyway, the problem is I'm kind of out of the loop, as you know it goes. I've been reading up a lot for the last few days, and I have a possible build put together, but I would love your help in making sure I get the best machine for my money.
Notes: You'll notice I don't have a regular HDD. Just the SSD. That's mostly because I'm put off by the current inflation of HD prices, and I'm thinking I can wait until they go down. Or perhaps take an older HD from my last build and use it; I think it was a standard Seagate SATA drive or something, I don't remember the specifics. That would work, right? Otherwise I can just use the SSD alone, correct? — Let me know if I'm thinking wrong here.
The case is a little expensive, but I like the look and it seems to be very nice. I'm open to other options though. In the end I just want something with good airflow so things stay cool. Speaking of which, would you recommend buying a new fan/heatsink for the CPU?
64GB SSD is NOT going to be enough. You'll barely get Windows on there with a few apps, and definitely not any games. So you will need a HDD, and yeah maybe just use an old one for now.
600T is a really, really big and awesome case. It's probably more than necessary, but if you like the looks of it you can use it for years. I just built a really high end system (2600k, GTX 590...) in one and it is just such a nice case - and HUGE! No doubt though you can save money there and get something a bit smaller. Antec 900 II, HAF, Corsair 500 are all good options.
You also may want to consider a CPU cooler, and also a Z68 motherboard like the Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D2H-B3
Will it make much of a difference gaming-wise if they're installed on an SSD? Is it mainly shorter load times?
Yes and no. I have my games setup on a dedicated 320GB hard drive that I used from an old build. I really don't notice any lag per se, but my SSD won't hold a ton of anything so I offload that stuff to other drives and save my SSD for the main programs only.
Pretty good choices for the most part. I think I would advise against going with MSI since I've never personally had good luck with their motherboards.
I do have the Graphite 600T - it is a NICE, NICE case but it is HUUUUUUUUUGE. If you want something a bit slimmer go with the Carbide 500R.
Yeah, a Vertex 3 is awesome. You could also go for an Agility 3 or Force Series 3 which should be a tad cheaper and while also slower, it's probably not something you could even notice.
Mushkin also makes good ones, I think it's the Chronos Deluxe or something. And Intel drives are among the slowest because they don't use Sandforce controllers, but they are also extremely reliable. The 310 and 510 series are nice.
Actually, Tom's just posted an article on the "best SSD for your money" that you should check out.