I'm no newcomer to computer parts and lingo, and I've built several systems before, especially the workstations I put together during my internship right now at an engineering firm. I figure with the money that I'll be earning and Guild Wars 2 coming out this summer, I'd go ahead and put together a nice machine to enjoy that and some other games whilst using it for homework, movies, and other stuff. I won't be video editing or creating much content, besides MS Office stuff. Here you go:
CPU: i5-3570k w/ CM Hyper 212-Evo
Mobo: ASRock z77 Extreme4
RAM: Corsair Vengeance (low profile) 8GB(2*4GB) DDR3-1600, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850, non-OC edition
PSU: XFX 550W P1-550S-XXB9
Case: Corsair Carbide 300r
HDD: Western Digital Re4 7200RPM, 500GB, 64mb cache
Optical Drive: Asus 24x DVD/CD Read/Write
Any changes that you guys would suggest, or does it look pretty solid?
I'm likely going to stick with the 212 Evo. A friend of mine just got it to go along with his i5-3570K + Asus z77v-pro, and he said it's working just fine. I don't plan on overclocking that much, though. Honestly, the only reason I'm getting the i5-3570K instead of the 3450 is because I live close to a Microcenter, and they have the best combo deals.
As for the PSU, I decided to get a 620W semi-modular Seasonic, as you said, for future X-fire; though, in all likelihood, I probably won't be getting a second 7850. But you never know!
One last thing. I plan on OCing this baby to around 4.2-4.5 GHz. I'm still new to OCing, but I'm a fast learner when it comes to this stuff. And I've been reading everywhere that you have to OC Ivy Bridge differently than Sandy Bridge, or else the heat will be out of control. What are some safe voltages to keep IB stable at the speeds I want to OC at?
I just ordered all the parts on Newegg yesterday. The monitor will take a little longer to come in as it's through Amazon's Free 5-8 day shipping. It still hasn't been processed/charged yet. I was hoping to get started on it this weekend, but we'll see what happens. I'll be posting another thread hopefully within a couple of weeks with final results. Thanks for the help guys!
(I ended up going with the mSI instead of the Sapphire)