System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming, surfing the internet, social networking, watching movies)
Preferred Website for Parts: newegg.com or the specific website where components were found
This is what i have so far, I'm pretty much set on what you see here.
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz
(3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-
Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820
I chose this CPU because of it's immense overclocking capabilities when paired with the right cooler.
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
Evga GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 FTW ($290)
I chose this GPU because it has the best bang for its buck.
Operating System (OS)
64-Bit Windows 7 Professional ($129)
I chose this OS because it has no immediate RAM limit.
ASUS P9X79 WS LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA
6Gb/s USB 3.0 SSI CEB Intel Motherboard with
USB BIOS ($400)
I like/chose this mobo because it will last me a good while it has 8 dimm slots and has the Intel X79 Chipset (main reasons)
Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
3TB Seagate Barracuda ($180)
I chose this for its space and speed.
Right now these components add to$1299
These are the components i would like help deciding on.
These components have a limit of $1001 but the cheaper the better (if the component's still good).
Random Access Memory (RAM)
I would like 32GB's of really good RAM (8 Dimm slots)
Solid State Drive (SSD)
I am torn on whether to get this, if you can state a really good reason why this is worth it I'll consider it.
Optical Disk Drive (ODD)
I'd just like a decent ODD that can read quickly, gaming.
Power Supply Unit (PSU)
I'll need a good PSU (obviously) but i won't overlook the PSU and I don't mind some exta power.
I'd like a liquid cooling kit that will cool my CPU and GPU well, want high overclock abilities.
I'm leaning towards a full tower case, but if there's a good midtower that fits it all that's fine.
My components aren't set in stone, if there's a mobo that's just as good as mine way cheaper tell me, a graphics card that's way better and a tad more expensive tell me, etc etc. but my max is $2300, that's set in stone.
Oh yeah and i want 32GB of RAM for sure so the 8 Dimm slots is a must on the mobo, unless there are some really good, 8GB kits that are decent priced, i like my mobo, but yes it is way expensive, so a cheaper better one would be nice.
Optical Drive: Any $20 SATA drive will do unless you need to run Blu-Rays or burning media is a big requirement of the machine.
All that comes to $1494 (not including shipping, rebates and includes rounding errors as well). That's without a CPU or motherboard, which will probably add another $500 onto it.
If the Asus GTX 670 comes factory overclocked, how are it's overclocking abilities beyond that? How does the HDD work? I've never even heard of a bare drive. Also I am using 32GB of RAM because I am going to make a RAM Disk. Will this all work with my Mobo?
For your budget, I think you have your priorities a bit foo.
For gaming, the graphics card is the real engine, not the cpu.
You should be looking at a GTX670, or a GTX680, if you can find one.
For the cpu, look at the less expensive 3570K.
It will OC high enough for any game.
Any Z77 based motherboard will do.
32gb is perhaps good for 64 bit enables apps like video editing.
But, for gaming, no game I know of uses more than 2-3gb by itself. A 8gb kit should be sufficient.
Ram is cheap, so I could not argue against a 16gb kit of 2 x 8gb sticks.
Past 16gb, you do need more than windows 7 home premium; pro or ultimate.
Buy low profile DDR3-1600 ram. There is negligible benefit to anything faster. http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-...
A build with your budger should have a SSD for the os and some apps or games. 120gb to 240gb is right.
Use a large hard drive for video storage.
There is no need for liquid cooling in a decent case. A good, or even mediocre air cooler will be cheaper, quieter, and cool well enough for a safe overclock. CM hiper212 for value, Noctua NH-D14 for the best.
For a GTX680, buy a quality 650w psu.
Quality units would include Seasonic, XFX, Corsair, PC P&C, and Antec to name a few.
If you should ever need more, replace the GTX680 with a GTX690, or, with whatever new, ctronger, and cheaper should appear in the next year or two.
Any case with two 120mm intake fans, or equivalent will have adequate cooling and hold your parts.
Cases are personal, find one you love. Bust your budget for one if you have to.
You will be looking at it for several generations.