This is my first build. I am using it mainly for daly uses such as surfing the web, school work, streaming and playing dvd movies etc. No serious gaming, just the occasional online game. I want my budget to be around $1,000. Let me know what you think, and if these parts will work well together. I am not including the mouse, keyboard, and monitor as I have already chosen them myself.
I am open to suggestions with everything, but especially the hard drives. What is the best way to go about setting up hard drives, and backing up your system? Is what I have a good option, or should I just scratch the SSD and use an external? I look forward to hearing for you. Thanks!!!
Looks good to me. You forgot a PSU. I suggest a ~350-400W 80+ bronze or better Corsair, PC P&C, Seasonic, XFX power supply. Also, why don't you go with the new ivy bridge chipset? You can get an i5 3550 or 3570k and a Z77 motherboard for nearly the same price.
Would I need to change my motherboard if I switched to the intel 3570k CPU?- (Would this motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... be compatible with the 3570k?) and would I really notice a difference for what I am using it for? -elayman, the PSU is in there, my link just got messed up...it's off to the right, on the second line.
You don't HAVE to change it, but it would make sense to get the motherboard made especially for the 3570k.
I don't particularly think you'd notice a difference. I would lean towards the 3570k, but it might be overkill for what you plan to use it for. You could probably last a while with the 2500k.