I just threw this rig together on Newegg. I really don't know what I'm doing exactly, so be gentle please! Would I be getting my moneys worth from this?
I am an active gamer, and I like pretty graphics, so......
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: ~1 month- 1 1/2 months (need to save up)
Budget Range: ~1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the web, moves
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, or any site that has cheaper
Location: Building at home
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel and Nvidia
Overclocking: Maybe (need to read up on this before I try)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: I play a variety of games including Guild Wars 2, Diablo 3, Batman: Arkham City, Skyrim, Fallout 3 & New Vegas, Rage, The Witcher 2. I'm also looking to sort of "future proof" this computer so I don't have to constantly upgrade, at least for a while
Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Any advice for using a Hybrid HHD with an SSD? I hear they are faster... The motherboard that I have listed above has Smart Responce technology, so maybe another reason to do hybrid?
I have been building and overclocking computers for about 15 years so this is some of my experience to help you.
1) instead of getting 2 gpu and running sli/crossfire, buy one single powerful card. i find sli/crossfire is a nice upgrade option for later when games start to need more than you have. the main reason for this is bugs and compatibility. i have been burned a couple of times by having games not be able to use crossfire/sli or they dont scale all that much. a single card will work on all games and at full utilization. whatever you get make sure it fits (length) in the case you choose.
2) if you are going to overclock then get the lowest speed chip in a certain series (i5). you will always be able to match the speed of the higher clocked processor and even beet it.
3) are you sure you need such a large hdd? unless you are storing lots of movies it seems excessive. a larger drive might be better to upgrade later on especially since ssd drives are becoming cheaper and cheaper. stay with the WD black, quick and reliable.
4) stay with windows 7 64bit version. 32bit version will only recognize 3.5 gb of ram. microsoft seams to not do well with their odd versiOn OS. example: windows 95, windows ME, Vista. buggy and poor support. forget windows 8.
5) never skimp on RAM! Cheap ram is usually the reasons for slow responding and unstable computers. why not get triple channel motherboard, ram, and processor? . get triple channel 6gb setup. ripjaw x in triple channel would be a nice boost. anything more than 4gb does not seem to do much at all even in games.
I would personally get a Z77 motherboard in the $130 range, grab the i5-3570K and an aftermarket heatsink like the Coolermaster Hyper EVO and get a single GPU for now like the HD7870 which just got a great price cut or a GTX660ti or GTX670.
Also I love the case you picked but if you want to save a little and still get high quality look at something like the HAF 922 or Corsair 500R.
Otherwise looks great and make sure to get Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit to take advantage of the RAM.
Hyper 212 EVO
Asrock Z77 extreme4
1 TB drive of your choice
128 GB SSD of your choice, make sure its reliable
Case that you like
8 GB of decent RAM
Windows 7 64 bit
Dont know much bout monitors
Great PSU, keep it