I will be ordering the parts next week (July 18), and I need advice with part compatibility i.e. possible bottlenecks, not enough power and issues with parts and case. I will be purchasing all the parts from Amazon , unless you guys can point me to a cheaper/ better alternative.
CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155
Memory Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB
Case Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply Thermaltake 750W Modular 80+ Bronze PSU
Optical Drive Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer
Total: $932.00 after tax and shipping
It doesn't look like there would be a bottleneck with any of the parts and the prices look pretty close to what I have been seeing all along , there may be a few dollars here and there but nothing worth changing and getting from someplace else.
I would stay with the 3570k unless you are really into overclocking the 3570k can be overclocked to a certian point before the heat becomes an issue and you would need a high quality heatsink/fan to do the cooling. If you are into overclocking the cpu and want to take it to 4.5ghz or more then you would want the 2500k and a good cooler.
I would say that if not abused it should last a few years , a year or two from now you can overclock the cpu to stay current with performance and you may end up just upgradeing the video card at some point for better performance as more games come out and they demand higher end cards for playing at higher resolutions and settings. Most of the time a computer will last a long time , it's the itch that you get when you see new components come out and you just want that nice new video card even though yours is still working fine.
Another good thing to do is to look at the warranty of the main parts and if the manufacturer is giving a three year warranty then you know for sure that the part is going to last that long because they wouldn't be giving that three years unless they knew for sure it was going to last at least that long.
The MB and cpu have a 3 year warranty and the video card has 2 years so that will tell you your good for at a minimum 3 years.
last minute question before buying. Can i drop down to a SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $169.99 to make room in my budget for a Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive $64.99 ?
You can do that if you want but be careful with a 64gb SSD they tend to fill uo fast if your not aware of where your loading files and programs. I have had a 64gb ssd as the OS drive and found out that in no time I was approaching the capacity and had to start moving things to the secondary hard drive. So that would be option 1 to get a 64gb and the 6870 video card and option two would be to stay with what you are going to order and save some more money to get a 340/256gb SSD. Option 3 would be to get this one for $89.99 after rebate;
Well your original questions are cheaper/better/longevity and downgrading a GPU for a SSD would not be in that direction for me If $$ were less an object hitting a HD 7850 *and* a SSD would be nice but if i had to pick one i'd go with the best card your budget allows u