Thanks for all that input guys, yes I can stretch to i7 and 16GB. The 8GB was chosen as I read somewhere that my 32bit apps would not work on 64 bit with 16GB. I looked at an SSD drive, but don’t know how to use it.
What do you think of Processor: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz
Chipset: Intel P8Z77-M
Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600Mhz Ram
SSD: 60GB SSD
And should I upsize the cooling to: 2x 120mm Red LED Fans, 1x 200mm Red Led Fan? Any suggestions?
Or is that overdoing it?
As this thread is almost a month old, this maybe a moot point. But will share my methodology.
CPU: Always buy the best you can afford. Not a component you want to change frequently. Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz, great choice has built-in HD4000 GPU, so if your budget is tight you can hold off on a Graphics Card. Then save for a killer graphics card.
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V several models do a compare on the ASUS site for features. Again not something you want to change frequently. The V on the model means built in video. It allow you to use the HD4000 GPU, and one of the features LucidLogix Virtu allows the hardware to manage the GPU and Graphics card, it you can use both.
Power Supply: You will see power supplies listed a Bronze, Silver and Gold. Go Gold, and buy a bit more than you need. Talk to staff at a shop you trust, and buy with your future needs in mind. High-End Graphics cards draw a lot of power, so more is better.
CASE: Again something you really don’t want to change. I recommend the Thernaltake Level 10 GT (I have the Snow Edition). If size is an issue, go with the Level 10 GTS. Best thing about these is easy to change drives without opening the case, and FILTERS. Lots of Filters, keeps the inside dust free. My Level 10 GT keeps things dust free and cool.
MEMORY: The Asus P8Z77-V can handle 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2600(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Here is the trick, Windows 7 PRO can handle upto 192GB, while Win7 Premium can only handle 16GB. The thing to consider is the speed, pick the fastest memory you can afford that is for one of the O.C. speeds. I run 2133 and did test, big difference over running at 1600. As to amount, well I will say 16GB for sure. If you find a good deal on 32GB and have Win7 Pro, or Win8 then go for it. But if it comes down to $$, speed first.
As to Fans, get the Level 10 GT case and you’ll never have to worry about fans or dust.
Now SSD. Many ways to use one. There is Intel Smart Response that uses a 64GB SSD as a cache for your primary HD. Or you can use an SSD for your boot drive. Then carefully configure to remap your user files to a large 2nd drive. ie Documents, Music, Pictures, Video would be on drive D:. Instructions can be found online somewhere. I would go with this option, get a BIG 2nd drive, put Windows on the SSD (they are expensive so a 128 or 256), then immediately re-map the user path to D:. Then only Windows and software will be on C:.
Now Video Card. Depends on you budget. If you take the above advice, then you have very good built-in video from the on i7 HD4000 GPU. If you planned correctly in choosing a Power Supply you could put off buying a Video Card until you can save for a higher end one. I have an i7-2700k with HD3000 graphics, and it does me fine. Had it since Feb’11. Will be watching sales after Xmas for video cards. When I say save, you could get a good mid-range GeFore GTX 660 for $230-$340 (local prices) depending on memory/speed. While higher end cards like GeForce GTX 690 can run over $1000. If you can live with the on CPU HD4000 graphics, you could save for that higher end Video Card. One of the few part you can defer, so you finish with the best.