I haven't built a system for quite a few years, and with Diablo III around the corner (possibly a long corner, but hopefully not...) I am ready to build a new machine. I have left a few blanks below primarily because I would like opinions and haven't picked out anything specific to fill these slots.
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Weeks
Budget Range: $800-1000 After Rebates (willing to spend more if it will be extremely beneficial)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Diablo III, web surfing, primary home computing, Blue Ray movies (may/may not add Blue Ray burner now, depends where the rest of my budget ends up)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (Toshiba 40” LCD 1080p), speakers (home surround sound, Onkyo receiver), OS (Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Micro Center
Parts Preferences: Nothing specific.
Overclocking: Probably down the road.
SLI or Crossfire: Not unless it would be of benefit.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (Would I benefit from SLI/Crossfire?)
Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC, unless performance will suffer. Willing to spend a few bucks here to decrease noise.
GPU: 560Ti or 570 (would like to keep around $250, maybe $300 if it’s worth the jump to a higher card)
I'm not necessarily set on Nvidia, I just have had better luck with their drivers over the years. Is the performance benefit worth the extra cost of the 570 or is there a different card I should consider?
120GB will be enough for me until I feel like buying a storage drive for music and movies, preferably when hard drive costs drop a bit. I saw the article on the Vertex 3 and it appears that it performs very well. There are several other reasonably priced SSDs in MicroCenter's Feb deals. Any input?
For the Motherboard i would go with the i5 2500k.
And for the Video Card i would go with the GTX 560 ti, i have both of these in my build and it is running incredibly, I cant really give a suggestion on the SSD as i dont own one, but do plan on getting one.
Ok, I have been thinking over my system. I am going to go with a different case, haven't decided 100% may pick one at MicroCenter so I can see in person, but I like the HAF 122, Rosewill Challenger, Xigmatek Utgard, or a Thermaltake.
I also have decided I don't want dual GPUs, therefore I think I can save a little on the MOBO and spend more on a better GPU (570 or 6970?)
Can I get some input on SSD selection? How about PSU?