I've taken some time to design my PC that I will hopefully be building soon but before I start I'd just like some final opinions. Is this build balanced? Does it have a good Price-Performance Ratio? What should I upgrade first? Is the SSD big enough to run OS, Programs and games?
I would use this PC for gaming, GFX and VFX. Thanks for your help!
Heres the specs:
CPU: Intel 3570K
MoBo: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H
Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212X
Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB
PSU: Corsair HX-650 V2 80 PLUS Gold
RAM: Corsair CML16GX3M2A1600C10 (2x8GB)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001
SSD: Corsair 60GB Force GT
All these components plus Monitor ($155) and Case ($175) add up to around $1650. This is in Australia therefore prices are a bit higher.
This is a nice quality build. I do agree with your suspicions about the size of your SSD. I think you should have a 120GB or larger. If you are stuck on that budget, find a cheaper case and upgrade the SSD.
It all looks pretty good to me. If you want to save a little money you could drop the RAM to 8GB (2x4). I see an L in the model, that's for Low Profile right? I think $175 is a lot for a case, but get whatever you like. Personally, I would get half the ram and a cheaper case to get a better monitor, and 120GB SSD.
I would cut back on a few parts and make sure you get at least a 120-128 gb SSD. Maybe a Samsung 840 would be a good one to look at. All of the parts look pretty good, so just maybe cut back on the case, because a $50-75 case will do quite well (might be a bit more there). Take the ~$100 difference in the case price and get the bigger SSD. I would opt for a 256 gb SSD, but that is just me. The OS would take about 15 gb's of space and most games these days are around 10-20 gb's in size, so keep that in mind. Most SSD's work better under 80% of capacity, so keep that in mind too.
Ok I've revised the prices as new stock arrived at the store so now it is a 120GB SSD (same model) with still the same RAM and case for 1693 ($40 more). Call me easily affected by ads, but my case (Bitfenix Shinobi XL White) looks like a absolutely stunning case for a great prices, compared to cases such as Corsair 650D or even 800D. I'd like to keep the RAM at 16GB just so it last for a llittle longer into the future.
Would the upgraded SSD make this build a lot better?
I think it will. It won't help with games after maps load, but loading times is dropped drastically. I helped a friend build a pc a few weeks ago with a SSD. From completely off to on in 16 secs. Restarts were just about 12 secs. He's one of the first people in the servers he joins and games are practically click and loaded. You'll enjoy it, promise.