I'm putting the finishing touches on a new build, with my budget being around $1500. Here is what I've chosen (a few of the items I've already bought). I'm using this computer for both gaming and general purpose stuff (i.e. Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Quark, etc.). I don't plan on overclocking at the moment but I'd like to give it a shot later on. I'm also not planning on doing any CrossFire with my graphics card right now but possibly in the future. Any last minute thoughts on the items I have yet to purchase would be great!
i5-3570K (already bought - $210)
Sandisk Extreme 256gb (already bought $210)
*NOTE: I also bought a Samsung 830 256gb for $270 and am trying to decide which one to keep!
Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply (already bought - $35 after rebate)
(already bought - ~$15)
Still need to buy:
SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $129
Total is ~$1400. I'd like to be closer to the $1400 mark instead of the $1500 mark if possible, but if the bang for your buck ratio is big enough I'd think about upgrading a piece or two. Let me know what you all think!
I've heard great things about the Samsung and Sandisk and I got a great deal on them, so I think I want to stick to one of those (I'm leaning towards the Sandisk right now - I got a great deal on that one and it looks pretty solid). Like I said though, I've heard multiple people say they love all three of these drives, so I don't think I'm going wrong with any of them.
Ah yes, thanks for reminding me about that. I've looked into the Hyper EVO 212 but I'm worried that it's such a big cooler that it will butt up against the RAM slots in my motherboard! Also are they pretty easy to install? I've never installed anything but the stock cooler before.