First, I just wanted to thanks everyone here for giving me advice and helping me with my first build in a long time. I am really enjoying my new PC so far, it's great to have one again and not just an old laptop.
So this build is a little on the pricey side, but it's more for the PC builder who doesn't need anything too crazy and wants some pretty good stuff to last a good amount of time.
Here it is: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
Here is what this build achieved for me:
1. plain and simple(plain black case no crazy lights), options for future add-ons.
2. somewhat future proof. The i5 3570k is ready for overclock whenever I want(will need to get an aftermarket cooler when I am ready)
3. Good video card. It plays all the latest games on high/ultra.
4. Fast boot. SSD for OS/applications. HDD for storage/games.
For an average guy who has some money to spend to have a nice PC for a few years, and is able to upgrade to keep it relevant for some time.
Just watch - he's going to recommend corsair power supplies... which are made by seasonic.
While I would normally also recommend getting better graphics, having had a new build with an ssd in it blow me away, and then having turned a crippled old netbook into a reasonably fast machine, again with an ssd... I can't say enough good things about them.
You've got a good rig there - it's something to be proud of.
Yeah the SSD is amazing. The fact that I can separate my OS/apps on a physical drive not a partition is great. It boots from pressing the power button to on in about 15 sec. I install all my games on my HDD but I would like to test the loading time boosts and what not on my SSD.
From what I have been reading Seasonic is good brand.
Now I remember the best part of custom builds is having a fresh OS with no bloat. Windows 8 is meh... I have got used to no start button though, but I rarely use the start screen. Obviously made for tablets. If Micrsoft can somehow make a metro-ish/desktop that lets you open the apps in windows and have the same functionality as say windows 7/xp. Apps forced to fullscreen on a 23" monitor is not good.
i can tell you personally that boot times on an SSD are awesome, with Black ops2 where it awaits to load maps and textures are about a 2 second deal whereas they were like a 12 second wait for me with a barracuda 7200 rpm HD, or just swtiching between drive memory i can get a 25GB game from my HD to SSD in about 3 mintues