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My 1tb wd caviar blacks have been very nice and fast enough that I haven't felt like I need to get an SSD (even after using many computers with an SSD). As a data drive it will be excellent.

As for motherboard, gigabyte has a good reputation. If you find an AsRock with features you like and a lower pricetag, I wouldn't hesitate; people have been very happy with their Z77 offerings.

What sort of gaming do you do? As long as you aren't a competetive fps (not thinking so since you picked such a big monitor), you may like the superior color and image quality of an IPS more than the faster response of a 120hz TN display. I didn't notice going from a responsive samsung TN panel to perhaps the slowest panel available: the U3011. It was completely worth it for me.
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I don't want to tell you to halve your drive size. It really doesn't take long to fill 500 GB. I found the WD 1TB Black on Amazon for $103 (I didn't realize they were that much more). So the question then is, is it worth $15 more? Only you can answer that, but I can tell you that they have a 5 year warranty, and the RMA process with WD is very straight forward.

Another thing of note, do you have a Microcenter near you? I've heard they can have great deals on things, so it might be worth the trip even if its an hour drive away or so. No personal experience there though, I live north of 49.
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I second the Asrock Extreme 4, especially considering you get a free kit of G-Skill Ares ram for free!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-157-293&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo

That makes it $84 cheaper than your current MB and ram selections.
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I second the Asrock Extreme 4, especially considering you get a free kit of G-Skill Ares ram for free!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-157-293&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo
That makes it $84 cheaper than your current MB and ram selections.

Yeah i'm looking at that mobo now. I would like to have another board that can compare up to these for under 200 bucks if anyone has any suggestions?
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Asus P8Z77-V also with free ram. Considering its quality ram and free, I'd forgo the Samsung ram in favor of these combos.

This is the same price as the Gigabyte board. About equal in features too. The AsRock Extreme6 is actually that price too, but the Extreme4 is enough for most users.
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Regarding samsung spinpoint here's a pix between samsung spinpoint & seagate samsung spinpoint


Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB


Seagate - samsung spinpoint F3 1TB

Here's a pix of my spinpoint F3 on my HTPC when it was still on package bought last 2011


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Hyperion if you start a thread and ask people to help you with the parts please just listen to them or at least consider what they're recommending and respond why not or why yes... Everyone said that you don't need a 850W PSU that you just need 650W or for later SLI 750W and you didn't change anything... http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine I put many more parts in the setup than you will ever have and the recommended is 700W so you really dont need 850W... Then a cheap and very good CPU cooler is Thermalright HR-02 Macho so I suggest that... I also suggest the 4GB version of the 680 or if you will chose the 670 choose the 4GB version too... Also many people preffer the Samsung 830 SSD so a safe and good choice is that... Also a cheap and good motherboard is Asrock Z77 Extreme4 if you want to save some money... For RAM you can get the motherboard with included RAM and save some money there and get more RAM if you want later... And get the 120hz BenQ monitor that you already chose you cant miss with that but its really expensive for my taste...
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Hyperion if you start a thread and ask people to help you with the parts please just listen to them or at least consider what they're recommending and respond why not or why yes... Everyone said that you don't need a 850W PSU that you just need 650W or for later SLI 750W and you didn't change anything... http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine I put many more parts in the setup than you will ever have and the recommended is 700W so you really dont need 850W... Then a cheap and very good CPU cooler is Thermalright HR-02 Macho so I suggest that... I also suggest the 4GB version of the 680 or if you will chose the 670 choose the 4GB version too... Also many people preffer the Samsung 830 SSD so a safe and good choice is that... Also a cheap and good motherboard is Asrock Z77 Extreme4 if you want to save some money... For RAM you can get the motherboard with included RAM and save some money there and get more RAM if you want later... And get the 120hz BenQ monitor that you already chose you cant miss with that but its really expensive for my taste...

I take all advice into consideration and then go look at the parts and reviews of the products people suggest and then decide. Once i decide i come back and tell people and rep them for the suggestions, I'm sorry if that needed to be said but thats how i have been doing it.

1. I want the 850W because i have a Case with 3 240mm, and 1 140mm fan. I also have a full tower case with alot of room to put in a lcd display later on or a bluray burner. I might in the future aswell hook up a lighting system inside or do a few other thing, and i want the room to move with the power supply.

2. Right now i dont need a 90$ cpu fan so thats why I'm not using the thermalright. If i were to spend that money i would buy a noctua. I am only OC my cup to 4ghz, later on if i decide to push it harder i might upgrade then.

3.I do not want to go over 500$ on a video card. That means i would prefer to stay with the 2gb version of the 680 and not go up by 130 bucks for the extra 2gb. I don't know how much i would need that extra 2gb. I think thats more for huge screens and multiple monitors? But yeah I have a hard time maken myself spend 500 on a card i'm not going to 600.

4.I like the SSD I have picked out. I had it picked out a few months ago and been kinda wanting one. I really dont see how 1 big name brand is better then the other as far as harddrives go. So unless the samsung is cheaper or offers things my current one doesnt i dont see a reason to change it.

5. I am looking into the mother boards now. The asrock Isn't the only board offering the free ram so i'm just looking at all the ones that do. When i find the few boards i like along with the asrock i'll come post them. I do not want to cut money on my motherboard and regret it later on so as long as its 200$ i'm ok.

6. Its a good monitor but i have been reading on it and people are saying its got bad color. I found a samsung monitor that was a few $ cheaper and is suppose to be better color. I just want a 120 hz monitor for gaming, I hate to spend the extra money but I do have to look at it all the time.

Those are my thoughts on the things you have suggested sorry for the late response.
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I don't want to tell you to halve your drive size. It really doesn't take long to fill 500 GB. I found the WD 1TB Black on Amazon for $103 (I didn't realize they were that much more). So the question then is, is it worth $15 more? Only you can answer that, but I can tell you that they have a 5 year warranty, and the RMA process with WD is very straight forward.
Another thing of note, do you have a Microcenter near you? I've heard they can have great deals on things, so it might be worth the trip even if its an hour drive away or so. No personal experience there though, I live north of 49.

Is this the drive you are suggesting?

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-Desktop/dp/B0036Q7MV0/ref=pd_cp_e_0

I'm thinking about picking up a 1tb and removing SSD and using that money to upgrade my i5 to a i7. Then in 2 months picking up a SSD. Thoughts?
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I take all advice into consideration and then go look at the parts and reviews of the products people suggest and then decide. Once i decide i come back and tell people and rep them for the suggestions, I'm sorry if that needed to be said but thats how i have been doing it.
1. I want the 850W because i have a Case with 3 240mm, and 1 140mm fan. I also have a full tower case with alot of room to put in a lcd display later on or a bluray burner. I might in the future aswell hook up a lighting system inside or do a few other thing, and i want the room to move with the power supply.
None of that is going to push your wattage to 850. It won't even be close. You could play with a 500W and still have tons of head room. Even adding another 680 won't come close to 850W. You'd have to do a tri-SLI to justify that kind of PSU. You are just objectively wrong here.
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5. I am looking into the mother boards now. The asrock Isn't the only board offering the free ram so i'm just looking at all the ones that do. When i find the few boards i like along with the asrock i'll come post them. I do not want to cut money on my motherboard and regret it later on so as long as its 200$ i'm ok.
You are not cutting any corners with the ASRock Extreme 4. It's one of the best rated mobos out there. Both boards will overclock nearly identically, no idea why you you'd want to pay more for the exact same thing. The only thing that's different honestly, is the amount of various ports each one has. Extreme 4 has 8 SATA ports, are you seriously going to use up all of that?
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I'm thinking about picking up a 1tb and removing SSD and using that money to upgrade my i5 to a i7. Then in 2 months picking up a SSD. Thoughts?
I'd strongly suggest not, there's a large and noticable difference in performance from HDD to SSD, moreso than any other component. If anything, ditch the HDD first and pick one up later. Alternatively, you can just pick up a bigger SSD and not even buy a HDD.
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