I've been debating whether or not to get an SSD... judging from reviews I've read, my impression is that they fail very quickly.
Another comment is that I believe the HD 7xxx / Geforce 6xx have been out for a while, and the new HD 8xxx / Geforce 7xx series should come out relatively soon. With this in mind, do you think I should wait for these new models?
Is the PSU sufficient?
I'm very ignorant with respect to cooling, do I need to buy any after market coolers? Is it enough to just use the stock fan with the CPU? Thank you very much!
DPete27 wrote:Hard to beat an i5-3570K and Asrock Z77 Pro4-M for $240.
cheesyking wrote:I think I'd go with an i5 and either an SSD or a faster graphics card.
I'd definitely look for a black drive instead of that blue one if I wasn't getting an SSD.
ludi wrote:You'll generally find lots of good things about any Intel model, the Crucial M4, and the Samsung 830 series. This here at $80 is a good entry-level choice if you need the 2.5-3.5 conversion bracket and cables, otherwise both Crucial and Samsung are selling 128GB bare drives for around $110.
Rebbig wrote:How do I know if I need the 2.5-3.5 conversion bracket and cables?
Chrispy_ wrote:Ignore suggestions related to Crossfire. You absolutely do not need it (especially not at the resolution you're using).
vargis14 wrote:Now as for the 7950 or the 7870....at 1080p a 7870 will be plenty it has 2gb of vram, overclocks to stock 7950 performance or better.
Rebbig wrote:It's very inexpensive for a Z77 motherboard with at least two PCIe X16 slots, especially when you get it in the combination deal with the Core i5-3570K at Micro Center.Is there a particular reason most people are suggesting the ASRock Z77 Pro4-M motherboard?
Rebbig wrote:Micro-ATX motherboards have up to four slots. You'll want one with four PCIe slots and no obsolete PCI slots (like the aforementioned ASRock Z77 Pro4-M or the Asus P8Z77-M Pro). ATX boards have up to six slots. If you really want an ATX motherboard, the Asus P8Z77-V LK is a decent option, but it doesn't offer much that the P8Z77-M Pro lacks except for two obsolete PCI slots.Are there are any suggestions regarding mATX boards vs ATX boards?
Thanks for your replies. I wanted to know if there are any recommendations regarding temperature monitoring programs (which components should I be particularly concerned about? CPU? GPU?). Also, do you have any recommendations/tips on how to prolong SSD life and how to optimize the SSD? I've read many things online and it seems quite complicated. I intend to install my main OS on the SSD along with frequently used programs. I also might consider dual booting (is this is a bad idea for SSD?). Again, thank you very much.