I'm looking at doing a new build of a mid-range gaming/workstation rig running Windows 7 and need some advice. I'll be running a few VM's, doing some Photoshop, and occasional video encodes and want all around good performance. I'd like to have 16 or even 32gigs RAM if reasonable. Some gaming (I dont need to max out Crysis or anything crazy, kinda looking to keep video card at $300 max). I've built a bunch of computers in the past, but I've been out of the game for a few years and I'm not up on the latest in Cases/PSU's, Motherboards, RAM or Video cards.. I'd prefer to stick with nVidia.
Whats the time frame on Video card releases? Seems like the GTX 680/690 is kinda the king of the hill for nVidia, but it feels like its been out a while.. Is there a new release coming this spring? I have a low-end OEM card laying around that could cover me for a few months if this is the case (then hopefully a current top end card would drop in price). No SLI for me.
Suggestions on a good video card for under $300?
So far I have a Core i5-3570 in mind, $229 (http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX40052
). Whats the fastest RAM (or reasonably priced RAM) I can pair with this CPU?
Looking at a ~240gig SSD.. Started with the Intel 335 series, but the Samsung 840 looks pretty promising. How does it stand up under 'heavy' usage? (OS install, some big apps, and a few big games)
Whats a good motherboard? Any reasonable boards with Thunderbolt? Do they all pretty much have the same Realtek sound chip?
Whats a good QUIET and easy to use case?
Whats a good efficient PSU? 500w should be enough? (will add 1 2tb HD - a drobo might be in my future, hence the thunderbolt).