Hi all. I have made some preliminary selections for a new build. If anyone would like to give a quick critique, I am looking to get this below the $1000 mark if possible. Where would you all decide to save? I would prefer to keep the SSD if possible.
Vertex 4 - $129 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Sandforce controllers never get as fast as when brand new after filling the drive and then doing a TRIM, whereas the new Everest 2 controllers do return to new in box speed after TRIM... But V4 does give up a little raw speed when new.
Can't find the articles I read this in... sorry, I guess you'll just have to take my word for it. Or not, up to you.
THis comes out to about $1090 less $40 in rebates.
As noted above, you can shave off $70 by going with a Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 mobo, another $80 by going with 8GB of RAM. I already went with a cheaper but equally good CPU cooler. If you choose to save on those 2 components, you could also go to a 256GB Vertex 4 and stay right around $1000.
Thanks all for the help. There were great suggestions all around and you got me to my stated goal of getting below $1000. This is my first build so I appreciate the insight. I apologize for not following the sticky when posting the question, hopefully you generally understood what I was looking to do.