It has been a long time since I upgraded my PC and I think it is finally time. I would certainly appreciate any advice of the build below. It is going to just be used for gaming on a Dell 23" 1080p monitor. I am trying to keep it around $700 but the budget may be slightly flexible. I will be keeping my case, keyboard, and mouse.
CPU: AMD FX-6350 Vishera 3.9GHz $140
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 $80
PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W $80
SSD: Intel 335 Series Jay Crest 240GB $180
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 $75
HD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB $70
Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100354OC-2L Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB $185
The first question I have is what are the opinions of the graphics card? Is there a better price/performance unit int $200ish range? AMD does a slight favor for me, with its Never Settle promotion but I am not 100% committed to that.
I am not in a super rush for this build, as the current one is still working. So is it worth waiting A) for the black Friday/Cyber Monday type sales coming in a few weeks or B) a few months down the road for something better or price drops. I know I can keep waiting and waiting for something better and there always will be, but I am just wondering if there is anything worthwhile in the short term.
Any thoughts on the SSD size? All that I would have it would be the OS (Win 7) and the games I am currently playing. I don't think I would really mind swapping games in and out as needed so perhaps I can get away with a smaller/inexpensive drive?
My final question is, what is recommendations for CPU water blocks? I have been paying as much attention to this stuff lately, and Danger Den my first choice, went and closed up shop. So I don't even really know where to start looking for a good block. Most water cooling that I have seen are the All-In-One systems, which I don't need. So any advice on a good brand/site for water blocks would be appreciated. As would any thoughts on a block for the graphics card. I would ideally like an card with the block installed but it seems like they are only the really expensive $500+ cards.
So thanks again for all of the help and advice.