Thanks for the tips, everyone.
Can I hijack this just a bit and ask for some cpu cooler recommendations?
Planning on a similar 4790K/Z97 upgrade soon, and am considering an aftermarket cooler. Have heard good things about the Noctua NH-D15 that hodgman picked, but am also tempted by an all-in-one water cooler, but the reviews are all over the place. Anyone have any experience/advice?
My office PC has a AMD FX 8350, which originally had a little CoolerMaster fan on it that sounded like a jet engine whenever the CPU was under load. I swapped it out for the NH-D14, and now I can max out all 8 cores to full load and the PC stays silent, which is why I've stuck with the NH for this build
you might want a slightly beefier PSU -- even if your power requirements are under its max load rating, PSUs operate most-efficiently in that 50-60 percent of max load range.
Good point, I've swapped that out for a more efficient one. Should pay for itself over the next 5 years...
Samsung has always had great, reliable SSDs, second only to intel.
Sadly in my current PC, my Intel SSD had a sudden and total failure (known issue with a particular model), so I'm wary of them now. I've never had a hard-drive failure at all before that experience.
You may also want to look at case labs cases. They are pretty expensive, but they are made out of aluminum, made in USA, and look awsome too.
The USA isn't known for it's great manufacturing industry any more
I've never had that much SSD space myself so I wouldn't know how to use it anyway.
Install ALL OF THE GAMES!
With small SSD's in the past, I've selectively juggled game files between the HDD and the SSD (using mklink /D /J ...) so whatever game I'm playing at the moment gets fast loading times. I'd like to just be lazy and have all the games I'm currently playing have fast loading times
People still use optical disks?
I burn DVDs occasionally when family/friends nag me to give them something that works on their vanilla DVD players... The BR burner likely won't be used very much... more of a "just in case I ever want to use a BR..." seeing I currently don't have a BR player at all.
Any reason for a 120GB Intel SSD in addition to another bigger SSD and a 2TB hard drive?
I was thinking of putting windows on the 100GB one by itself, and games/etc on the big one. I might save $100 and scrap the 120GB one though.
If you can wait a few weeks
Gotta spend the money before June 30