I'm building a new comp, I've already done loads of research looking for something both well built and a solid platform for upgrades in the future. By biggest wall seems to be the mobo and making sure it ties everything together well.
I will post reasons behind my choice so that someone may be able to redirect me more properly.
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-W1 White Steel
Good cable management, cooling and feature that come with it and currently $80
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V
Currently 185, seems like a solid platform for SLI/Crossfire in the future offering quality amenities. (As well as overclocking and WiFiGo!)
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
No need to explain this choice.
CPU Cooling: Hyper 212 EVO
Great reviews and testing results basic OC.
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8Gb (2x4Gb) 1600 Low Profile
Low profile so during the build i can completely avoid the clearance issues some RAM heatsinks have with the 212.
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
1TB would be enough space for my needs, and I'm not comfortable with SSD's at the moment.
GPU: ASUS GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI
Still unsure on this choice as well, I've seen results for the 7870 and GTX660 back and forth with different games. I'm more concerned with future SLI/Crossfire setup that is more stable. Or making a cut in the overall budget and moving up a step on the GPU.
PSU: SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM 650W ATX12V
I trust this brand to product a high quality product, even on there budget line ups. Should be enough to handle everything under load.
CD/DVD Drive: Samsung Basic
OS: Windows 8
Total Build Cost: $1,092.90
I'de like input on any changes that should be made mainly on the Mobo/GPU if possible considering I'm upgrading from a Core 2 Duo with a GTX460.