Built exclusively for playing GW2 and browsing the interwebs; I have some HDDs in a parts bin I can toss in if I ever find myself needing extra storage. I was initially trying to stay under $700 after MIR; however, I found myself with a lot of scenarios where i was going "for another $10-$20 I can get something significantly better" and that happened with nearly every part. My initial concerns were my choice of ram (has to be low profile enough to fit under the Hyper 212) and my PSU (I was afraid that I wouldn't have enough wattage). But I think I made the right choices. All comments and criticism are appreciated.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
i put inside 1TB because i would be downloading more games than just GW2, but if you are fine with just 1 or 2 games in there just stick with SSD and add another HDD later.
I had 8gb of ram initially, but then I realized I purchased 1.65v by accident, and the second time around ordering it I said I would spoil myself and get 16GB. I think even the Patriot heatsinks would get in the way for the 212 though. Yeah, I could put them in the second slots, but I'd rather not. My CD/DVD I'm salvaging from an old computer. Other than that, I probably will get a 1TB hard drive down the line for random storage/backups.