This machine is for gaming purposes.
Case: I like the look of Level 10 and Apple aluminum products. Carbon fiber doesn't look to bad, but I'm looking for something fairly cheap and modular. Preferably something that is large enough for a possible dual GPU.
GPU: I am still giving the GTX-Titan and GTX-780 a look, the 780 being a cheaper alternative with less memory. Giving the GTX-690 or x2 GTX-770s a look. If i go dual card, i was told to get 4Gb cards.
The GTX 770 SLI runs about 420$ and if dualed should beat out most other models. It has a slightly higher temperature but that can be easily fixed.
Now- there is the GTX-690 which some say is their best GPU so far along with the Titan. Then there's the 780 which is a lower/cheaper Titan. Comparison between the 780 and 690.
CPU: I was looking at the i5-3570k or the i7-3820, but some new advice says the 4670k or the 4770k for games/productivity/photoshop/vid editing would be a better choice. I know Apple is more for that purpose then gaming but it's not something i do really. I mainly do Music/Games/Browsing/etc.
4770K seems to be the better option
Power: I was looking at ThorTech and EVGA SuperNova, but new advice says Seasonic Gold or Corsair HX/AX/AXi is a better bet especially for a single card for the 750w. I'm thinking a 1000w would be a better choice though.
Motherboard: I'm told EVGA isn't as good as they used to be. I was told to look at the AsRock Z87 Extreme 6 over ASUS or so since ASUS is more for overlocking which is something I'm trying to avoid cause it can decrease the life of your components.
Memory: My choice was Kingston HyperX Predator x2 8Gb 2133-2666 at overclocking. Other then that i was told not to get over 1600 because i wont be overclocking.
SSD: I was told no OCZ. Samsung Pro, Corsair ForceGT, Nuetron GTX, or Intels 520 were better options. Crucial makes good ones but has limited IOPS/ not entirely sure what IOPS are.
HHD: Was told doing a Raid wouldn't be a grand idea. That a single 4TB drive or so would work. But from who- WD or SeaGate and what kind? I was looking into SSHDs. With a SSHD you have what's similar to Apples Fusion Drives, but I'm not sure how reliable this can be since it's new.
With doing a Raid, you gain that protection of data and increased read/write times. Could use Velociraptors which are for 140$ and offer the RPM over the usual HHDs.
Monitor: TNs are cheap, have 120Hz and all but are usually thick offering more input then i want. I like the quality and color of IPS but they're at 60Hz... are there any IPS at 120Hz or TNs worth buying that can compare?