Also unsure on all this cpu business, i know its maybe not as important to gaming s the cooling, gpu and ram but i would have the thought the newer the better as it usually means a quicker, more stable platform, afterall the 4th gen is based on the 3rd with tweeks, a much lower idle speed and higher max speed.
True, it's an evolution ... but they also decided to cut costs by using cheap thermal paste instead of soldering the heatsink on, and that does have its consequences.
Intel doesn't care if the CPU runs a little hot, as long as you don't overclock you won't fry it. It's "within safe operating parameters" and that's all that matters apparently.
Like xerxes, I'm perfectly happy with my i5-2500 despite running at its stock 3.3GHz (I don't overclock). Processors haven't moved along that much really. Yes, on average they've gotten 10% or so faster and use less power at idle, but it sounds to me like you won't use the PC to sit on the Windows desktop all day. And that 10% won't help your gaming experience really. You just won't notice it.
Question- The ssd is listed at 32gb. is that not enough for windows 8 and the swop file(chap at work knows this and was talking about it today, should have paid more attention
) All the game files will be in the main HD. Plus this system is likely to be gaming only and ill rebuild the current with more ram for general farting about
Of the 500gb HD i had fitted in 2008 when i had my current system built i still have 335gb remaining. Other than bike pics and gaming theres little else i do on it. I think a whole TB would just go to waste.
The FPS will be the same if you put the game on an SSD as opposed to a HDD, but loading times will be greatly reduced and the FPS will be more stable when the game needs to load new scenery as you move about or when an antivirus kicks in.
As for your HDD, it sounds like 500GB is plenty then. No need for a TB or more ... unless you plan to start collecting downloaded movies on the PC.
I agree with xerxes about the sweet spot theory, but there's just no need to hit that spot if you won't ever need the space.
That being said, a "5 year old HDD" is a phrase that always makes me nervous. Before you put that old HDD in a new PC, run cristaldiskinfo, speedfan or some other disk diagnostics tool, just to make sure that the HDD isn't nearing its end.
Another issue with SSDs is lifespan - the jury is still out on them but I have heard of issues (they're only rated for a certain number of write cycles before they go into read-only mode).
When they first appeared, that used to be a problem indeed. However the whole "you can only write so many times on an SSD" thing is seriously outdated now.
Most SSDs have TRIM, which spreads the writes to maximize SSD life. With a few minor tweaks (disable defragmenting etc) they will outlive the rest of the PC, and probably the next PC too.
SSDs are usually rated for 60-80.000 writes or more. However that's writes per block and there are thousands of blocks where it can write that data. Basically you can write tens of millions of times on an SSD and it'll keep storing and reading it without a problem.
I have a 2 year old SSD here (my former PC's system/game disk) that has been powered up for 9746 hours so far and has had 18.0 TB of writes on it during its System Disk carreer (I only just reassigned it to active duty, but with the intent of using it for Bluray ripping and converting)
CrystalDiskInfo still gives it a 100% health status and 100% life left (10% being the threshold at which it starts to warn me about wear).
No errors whatsoever, no retired blocks, no wear. I wish I could say the same about my mechanical HDDs once they reach that age.
EDIT : Oh and xerxes, a 460 isn't cutting it anymore indeed. My own 4870X2 still has the brute force to keep up with most modern cards even with the second GPU being dormant, but it's starting to show its age too.