Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower Case with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (RC-932-KKN5-GP) http://www.squidoo.com/gaming-cases
I'm just going to go with this. I think I'll be needing a lot of space just because it's my first time... and I might need some spacing handicap.
Intel Core i5-2500k
Probably the only thing I am sure about of all the components...
Nvidia GeForce GTX 480
I am quiet unsure of how to pick a good video card that will run at max setting of latest games. I Did some searching and stumble this across because it was cheap because most of graphic card I saw were over $400. Would you tell me if this is a good video card? Will it fit into my mobo? What else would you recommend?
Im a fan of the asus p8z68 series boards. I have the le and its awesome. If you overclock correctly, it shouldnt reduce lifespan. For gpu, I recommend the gtx 570 since the 480 is terribly hot and loud. 1200 W is soooo overkill for one gpu so get like a 650 W in the same brand. For gaming you only need 8 gb of ram also. And that is a nice case.
1: if you are not overclocking, why are you getting a k chip?
2: would recommend a i5 3570k if you do want some overclocking later on. ivy bridge is faster than sandy bridge at stock speeds. ivy bridge will ot run hot if you dont overclock. if you do, just dont bump the voltage that high. if no overclocking get the i5 3550
3: if you are going with ivy bridge, go with something like a maximus 5 gene-z if you like those ROG boards. If not, go with a asrock extreme4 or a gigabyte z77x-ud3h
4: a great video card is a gigabyte windforce 3x gtx 670. it will max out allyour games and can easily beat a gtx 480 and a gtx 580 wihile using less than 175w
5: you dont need 16gb of ram nless you are video editing. you can go with 8gb of corsair ram if you like it. my favorite is mushkin blackline.
6: remember to get a hyper 212 evo or plus because it has much better temps and has some overclocking headroom. the cooler your porcessor runs, the longer it lasts. not to mention that the hyper 212 is quieter
7: a 550-650w power suppply is more than enough for your needs. i recommend the ocz zt 650w because its 80+ bronze and is fully modular
no. SSD and hard drives are different. SSD=solid state drives are the new tech. they are much faster than any hard drive. they will boot windows in 10-20 seconds. ssd s are very expensive at higher capacities than 240-256gb. you use the ssd to store windows on and som key applications and games and use the hard drive for anything else such as music files or movies