I use the agility 3 ssd, and haven't had any issues with it. The board I selected has everything but an hdmi port, but your video card may have it. Ssd's should be dirt cheap around black friday, so you can order then. You may find one for around $125 with 256 gb.
i'm planning to build a PC and this is my first time so i really need some of your help. i'm planning on going with this build:
i5 3550 processor
Azrock z68 extreme4 gen3 / asus p8z77-m pro / Gigabyte GA-z77x-ud3h mobo I've got this ASRock board and I like it. but if you're looking at an Ivy Bridge chip, get a Z77 board if you can. The ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is nice.
palit gtx550 ti / sapphire hd7750 gpu These cards will be a bottleneck in gaming before the CPU will be. If gaming is a big focus, I'd consider a 660 or 7850 as a minimum. Just know the 660 has some memory limits at higher texture levels and AA settings.
nzxt 210 elite midtower case
western digital blue 320gb HDD
corsair vengeance 8g ram
Corsair gs600w psu Any GPU under a 670 / 7870 can run on a good 500W PSU, so you might save some money there.
can you help me decide on the best mobo to get? im not going to overclock / SLI In that case, most any reputable mboard ( Asus, ASRock, MSI, Gigabyte ) will serve you fine. Look for the extra features you want like USB 3.0 headers, eSATA, etc.
can you also help me decide on my video cards, is palit/sapphire reliable? I love Sapphire cards, been using them for years.
lastly, if you can think of any alternatives to lower the price of my build. Noted above, but also need to know your budget.
What's the budget? What do you intend to use this for? Thoughts about the original build listed above in red
thank you guys for the fast reply. really appreciated.
for the budget, maybe around $700+.
i intend to use this for gaming, is this good enough? or should i buy the i5 2500k and then overclock?
I'm not much for overclocking. Sure, you can squeeze a few extra frames from games for doing it, but I don't like the extra heat and power consumption. To each their own. If you want to go that route, you may as well spend the $10 extra to get the 3570K instead of the 2500K.
Here's a basic build that will have no problem gaming. You've got ~$50 left over for a case ( I'm not terribly familiar with budget cases so I'll let someone more knowledgeable recommend something there. ) If you can afford a little more, I'd up the CPU to a 3550 and consider a 7870 graphics card.