I'm entirely new to the construct-your-own-computer idea, even though I feel I have an above average understanding of computers. I've spent the last few days researching, digging for information, and considering components despite the heap of options present. I have been having a lot of fun learning about the process, but I need more experienced opinions to help guide me.
I'm interested in a stable gaming desktop with effective, reliable components. I'm building this from the ground up. At this point, I'm not sure about overclocking but may consider using SLI in the future. When gaming, I frequently play Guild Wars 2, Diablo 3, Minecraft, and Dota 2.
My budget is anywhere from $1000 to $1300. I've decided on most of my components, but am having difficulty choosing a MOBO and whether I should invest in a SSD/which i should purchase if going to do so. In addition, I'm not sure what constitutes a good HDD and would love some guidance to a reliable 500GB hard drive. Further, what options should i consider concerning wireless cards? I would be really thankful if anyone willing could give their opinions on what I have chosen thus far, and what would be worthy additions/replacements.
Get a Ivy Bridge CPU, the i5 3570k is not that much more expensive and it will be a better fit for the rest of your system.
The OCZ Vertex 4 is a good SSD, getting a 128gb model would be the best. Samsung is also a safe bet. For a HDD, the Western Digital Caviar Black is priced higher but seems to have better reliability, the Seagate Barracuda is also a good drive.
For WiFi, you can either get a PCI card or an external USB receiver.
For a PSU, we typically look for reliable brands (Antec, Seasonic, XFX, Corsair), 80+ certification, and wattage.
No, I don't consider a SSD a must. They merely shorten load times. They have no effect on the FPS of a game. However, they do load games much faster. It would be a great upgrade. If you have the cash, I'd definitely grab one.