I'm looking to build a gaming PC, and this will be my first time building a computer. I have a budget of $1000, and think I have found some good components, but I am not sure if I can get anything better for the money. I am have some brand loyalty towards Intel/Nvidia, so yell at me as much as you want about that. Here's my list:
CPU: Intel i5 2500k
GPU: eVGA GT 640 4GB
PSU: SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD (copied from newegg cart, not very familiar w/ PSUs)
MB: Asus p8Z77-V LK
Case: Cooler Master RC-692A-KKN5
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0GB/s 3.5"
SSD: (For OS) OCZ Onyx series 2.5" 32GB SATA2 SSD
RAM: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Do I need an optical drive for loading the OS, or is there a way to do it from a 16GB flash drive?
If you have any suggestions, questions, completely alternative systems, or advice, please respond.
Note that the only reason I put a GTX660 is 'cause of your "strong" nVIDIA preference. Otherwise, I would recommend the Radeon 7870(same price as the 660) whose performance is on the levels of the GTX 660 Ti, a ~$300 video card and 1 tier higher than the 660.
Thanks so much! I was wondering about the 2500k vs the 3570k. From what I've heard the 3570k (ivy bridge) gets hotter when OC'd. Am I able to find all of these parts @ newegg? I'd prefer if they all got here at about the same time.