- you don't game much so you think you'll benefit from the i7?
Fair enough if you really will use the HT, that just seemed like dodgy justification Motherboard
- you want an ASUS that supports SLI and will give you solid overclocking? Get the P8Z77-V. Both that and the Maximus V 'only' support x8/x8 SLI or CrossFireX, so you're not gaining anything there. Sure, the Maximus supports x8/x4/x4 but are you really going to use that?
- as Dave (assuming you're called Dave
) said, if you really don't game much and play the games you've said, it's just a waste of money to get a 670 or something. You could get a 7850 which would play the games you've mentioned with ease, allow you to play many modern titles on high/very high settings should you want to, and cost about half as much as those. Alternatively, there's the GTX 660 which I believe is Nvidia's equivelant.PSU
- why not the X-750/760? Still the same basis as the X-850 but will save you some money and still give you the leeway to have two GTX 680s or 7970s in SLI should you go down that route in the future. If you end up deciding on a lower-end GPU, at the very least drop to a 650W.SSD
- as you can see from my signature I own a Crucial m4 and, whilst it has been reliable hardware-wise, there are firmware issues (the latest two don't play nice with UEFI boards and most older firmwares cause huge issues once the drive's been powered on for 5200 hours - so there are only two 'safe' firmware versions). That doesn't mean that I would not recommend it but I'd probably say to get the Samsung 830 or 840 Pro instead. Read this
post and basically just see which of those drives you can find a good deal on - as Sean says you won't see a difference in performance between all of his recommendations.HDD
- I've got a Samsung Spinpoint F4EG (5400rpm) 2TB drive and it has been brilliant. Seagate bought out Samsung's hard drive department since then - and I know some of these drives were sold rebranded as Seagate drives, but I'm not sure on the exact model number there. I would try and get a drive with either three 667GB platters like mine, or two 1TB platters for the best performance. I wouldn't worry about getting a 5400rpm drive for storage. Not sure exactly which model to recommend but probably any of Seagate's or WD's 2TB or even 3TB drives. You pay a huge premium for 4TB now, probably not worth it.Monitor
- glossy vs matte is subjective. You'll have to find out which one you personally prefer. Glossy displays are going to be hard to see when you're in a well lit room (do you sit near a window?) whereas matte displays could potentially give you a less crisp image. As for the exact recommendation, I've heard nothing but good things about Dell's UltraSharp line of IPS displays - the U2312HM might be great for you.Edited by Ellis - 12/16/12 at 3:24pm