I've been out of the computer scene for a while looking to get back into it. I always had the lowest end PC back then now that I make decent money I'm looking to build a good one. I'm going to be buying pieces over the next 4-5 months this is what I have any suggestions or comments would be great. I have a 46" Samsung 240hz LCD I will be using as my monitor I'll probably game at 1920x1080. Budget is open to about 1300 but would like to keep it under because I will have it sooner.
Thermaltake toughpower xt-tpk-675m 675w
Core i5 3570k
Asus HD 7850-dc2
Gskill rip jaws z 8 gb @ 2400
I needed suggestions on a ssd. Looking for about 120gb just for a boot drive. And would 8gb @ 2400 be more significant than 16gb @ 1600 ?
My last rig years and years ago was an amd anthlon x2 @ 2ghz, 2gb ddr400 and a nvidia 5600 so as you can see never really had a nice PC until my core i7 elite book but now I want a gaming rig. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
The faster memory won't benefit you while gaming. Look toward DDR3-1600 modules with a lower latency (CL8 or CL7) before going with faster speeds. 8GB is plenty and you can always add later. At $1300 I would look toward the build below... Single GPU for now and you can add a second later if needed.
MB I would go with the Asrock z77 Extreme4. It is probably the most popular board out atm. You might wanna also look at the GTX 670 GPU, and you will need an actual hard drive to store files on. You dont want to be storing videos and documents on your SSD.