Wife has a Core 2 duo E8300 with 4GB of DDR2 and a 38xx something ATI card, and its really starting to show its age, and I'd really rather not throw good money after bad, so I'm putting a new system together for her. I started out by picking up a couple of things on deals: a 256 GB Samsung 830 SSD, and an i5 3570K. The old system is going to a good home.
Approximate Purchase Date: Now or within a month or so.
*1 Already purchased
*2 RAM is on Mobo qualified RAM list
*3 Currently on sale
All of the $100ish Z77 mobos seem to have scattered issues in feedback. The Asrock's issues seem to cluster around USB driver issues, but later updates and/or drivers seem to have mitigated the problems, and Asrock seems to be proactive in providing drivers.
I'm aware that 660Ti's are popular, but the 192 bit bandwidth seems to be an issue in some situations. The 7950 scales pretty well, and the Sapphire cooling solution is supposed to be very good. A small difference in potential frame rates doesn't really matter too much to me, so much as future proofing for games and potentially resolution.
I'm especially open to suggestions on the cooling, the PSU and the HDD. I like the idea of a modular PSU, but I've had a lot of experience with PC Power and Cooling PSUs (which haven't been modular.) There doesn't seem to be a no brainer 7200RPM good value, sizable HDD (looking at Newegg ratings and storagereview.com ... I can't believe how warranties on these have dropped.)
The system you have specced out is quite good, only thing I can say is that the PSU is overkill unless your considering dual Crossfire later on. Also agree that the SSD is a bit large, but if you want the capacity go for it.
Although if its just going to play WoW, it is quite overkill.
Its really impressive that you were able to get that all specced for $800, but I guess I wasn't very clear. I already purchased the CPU (at microcenter, on that deal,) and the SSD drive (a 256GB deal at amazon, about $180 iirc)
The $800 does not include that $350 so $1150-1200 is what I have to spend effectively. I have a spare SATA Lite-on Burner, btw.
I'm wondering if that 850W will be enough should I at a later date stick in another 7950 when they are cheaper, for instance... or I probably wouldn't have gone for that vs a 650-750W unit.
So, If you had an extra 270 to spend, what would you spend it on?
I would just save. The 7950 already maxes out almost every game at 1080p and especially since you're only using a single monitor. It would be a shame to waste more money especially if the most demanding game is WOW.
You were pretty clear. I just wanted to put the CPU there because the partlist doesn't look nice without it.
The only reason I got the 650w is because it's on sale. The 500w would more than be enough.