MSI Z77A-G45 Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 2667MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX Ready
Samsung MZ-7PC064B/WW 830 Series 2.5" 64GB Solid State Drive - 64GB, SATA, SATA III-6Gb/s, Up to 160MB/s, Up to 75K, Up to 16K, 2.5"
Seagate ST3000DM001 Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 3TB, SATA III (6Gb/s), 3.5", 7200RPM, 64MB
mostly just casual gaming, one screen 1920x1080 res, and i want something tough enough to last at least 4-5 years.. I'd also like it to be powerful enough to be able to screen capture at the same time for youtube videos and such.. im not much of an OC so i didnt go with the unlocked version of this CPU which costs ~ 30 bucks more. All in all the system costs about 1500$.. Any changes that should be made? And i was wondering whether a water cooler would be worth it when im not OC.
CPU - If your gaming only, then go for a 3570K as the 3770K doesn't yield much improvement over a 3570K. The only real performance increase you'll see is in heavily multi-threaded apps or video rendering -- the 3770K is equipped with a robust Intel HD 4000 integrated GPU.
GPU - You're GOLDEN
PSU- Unless your looking to SLI, there's no point in going that high -- the i7 and 680 and equipped with very energy-efficient processes that suck in WAY LESS power whilst increasing performance, so you won't need all those watts.
SSD - Get a cheaper PSU and put that cash towards a good SSD as prices are rapidly plummeting for SSDs.
budget is around 1500-1800 and i selected the ivy bridge (i7) for longevity. The motherboard selected is indeed a Z77 chipset and i had no idea Apevia was crap
They are. In addition to making junk cases that fall apart easily, their PSUs are some of the worst around - the other day I was working on a system with an Apevia case where the door fell off and the PSU was using neon green cables. For gaming - you won't need the hyperthreading features of the i7-3770K. It will be years before games will take advantage of that technology and by then there will be something better to come along.