This is heavily based on the Tom's Hardware System Builder Marathon enthusiast build, but some brands aren't available at my local store and I've bumped up the memory and power supply, and picked a quiet case.
Also I'm really not sure whether to go AMD as it recommended, or Intel.
AND... is it still worth going with a separate SSD and HD? There's those new hybrid drives coming to market, right? Worth investigating instead?
Would love your opinions.
There are rebates on a couple of things here but I'm listing my local list price in $Cdn.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ($90)
Processor: AMD FX-8350 ($205)
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 ($35)
Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline DDR3-1600, 2x8gb ($75)
Graphics: will be transferring my current card (7870)
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120GB ($100)
HD: WD Black 1TB SATA3 7200RPM 64MB Cache ($100)
Optical: LG GH24NS90 OEM DVD burner ($17)
Case: Antec Solo II ($130)
Power: Antec EarthWatts 750W Power Supply ($115)
Approximate Purchase Date: today would be awesome, but realistically, this month. My current machine is working very reliably.
Budget Range: $1000.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet, watching movies
Are you buying a monitor: No. Have a 24" Samsung
Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM): Everything except monitor, keyboard, and mouse
Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Win 7 I think)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.canadacomputers.com. Local store with very good prices.
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada, fwiw
Parts Preferences: Not particularly
Overclocking: No (I think I'm gunshy after having overheating problems with an earlier MicroATX system...)
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Quiet.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: poor game performance in World of Tanks
The i5 3570k and z77 mobo are for overclocking..since you are not overclocking the i5 3470 is plenty for gaming..you won't need the 750w for a single gpu rig..the antec 520w is good modular psu..and for a case get any good case you like..