It's been about 15 years since I last built a PC. I've been doing some research and plan to build one now. Some last questions before I order though and a quick reality check on my build...
Processor: i7-3770k (probably overclock to about 4.5GHz)
Motherboard: Leaning toward the Asus P8Z77-V Pro. Probably mostly due to familiarity. Would like a good alternative with a 1395 header though.
CPU Cooling: Undecided yet. Best bang for buck.
Case: Corsair Obsidian 650 or Carbide 500r. Any comments on noise with these two cases?
Storage: Samsung 830 256gb or Intel 520 240gb - both SATA III 6gb/s. Either of these more reliable than the other? Intel seems to sell for ~$30 premium on Amazon. I'll use a WD Caviar Black 2TB for secondary storage.
Power supply: Leaning toward Corsair AX750 but looking for more cost efficient option. Definitely want modular though and 750W seems about right for future expansions.
Video card: Completely undecided. Probably start the build without one. Looking in $200 range.
RAM: Big questions here. Definitely looking for a 4x4gb option. With the overclocking I'm looking at doing, will I wish I had something faster than 1600 MHz (like 2133 or 2400.) I'm seeing a lot of G.Skill memory in those speeds but not much else. A lot of faster memory also says specifically that it's for the X79 chipset - can this be used with the Z77? What's the difference?
OS: Win 7 Pro - OEM versus retail - any opinions here? Is retail worth the nearly $100 premium?
Optical: LG WH12LS39 (blu ray burner)
Thanks in advance for the help!