Yeah I try not to include SSDs on sub $1K builds and instead try to get a 500 - 1TB drive unless the OP already has one. I always put the money in the GPU - it's better to get the best GPU you can get for the money as it can often make or break the performance of a build.
intel i5 2500k
cm hyper 212 evo
asrock z68 extreme3 gen3
corsair vengence 2x4 gb 1600mhz ddr3
sapphire hd 7870 ghz edition
Crucial m4 64gb
wd carvier blue 500gb hdd
asus 24x dvd writer
corsair carbide 300r or cm haf 912
Pc power and cooling silencer mkii 950w 80+ silver
Oh yeah, I did forget to mention that I will be re-using my previous HDDs (2x 250gb)
A few questions:
1.) Since my HDDs are SATA2s, will they slow down my system significantly?
2.) Is a 120gb SSD too much? Any suggestions for an alternative?
3.) I plan to keep this system for at least 4 years, and maybe upgrade a few components each year. Will this be good enough?
I am pretty sure Mushkin Chronos is a Sandforce based drive.
Yeah some work better than others but the ones I mentioned people seem to be having the most issues with. My Intel 320 is Sandforce-based and I still have some issues with it even though the firmware on it is current.