I am finally getting around to building a proper Gaming PC after years of being outdated -- looking forward to NOT playing with half as many frames per second as everyone else!
So far I have already bought these components:
Monitor: ASUS ML239H 1920x1080 23" LED IPS Monitor
Case: NZXT Phantom ATX Full Tower
Keyboard/Mouse/Speakers from previous build
I am aiming to be able to play games like MechWarrior Online, Guild Wars 2, Shogun 2 and SimCity. I never play FPS games (MechWarrior notwithstanding) but I still would like to play DX11 games in the future so I think I still want something at the level of a GTX 670 or HD 7950. I also do some PCSX2/Dolphin emulation and will OC my CPU to 4.3GHz to get full speeds.
The way I see it I want to allocate around $800 for the rest of the components – CPU, GPU, motherboard, HDD/SSD, optical drives, PSU, and CPU heat sink but currently I think the prices are too high.
So without further ado, here is my intended build (all prices in USD):
CPU fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm – $25.46
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB - $113.99
SSD: 240GB OCZ Agility 3 2.5" SATA III - $140
Any clues on where I can trim the fat to get closer to my ~$800 budget? I think I will wait till Microcenter has a combo available on the 3570k or even a 2500k combo to save some money. Additionally the GTX 670 is probably overkill for what I want so I will probably save $100 or so and take a GTX 660 Ti when it comes out at (hopefully) $300.
I think the SSD is probably what I will give up for now, maybe wait for Black Friday 2012 and hope for something to cross $0.50 per GB. What will I lose if I get a 2500k instead of 3570k if I plan on overclocking.