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Since I've gone for the Intel Core i5-3470 processor, I need a motherboard that supports the Socket LGA 1155. This is a popular socket, so there's a lot to choose from.
The motherboard that I've had good experiences with lately is the Asus P8Z77-V LE. For $150 you get a rock solid motherboard offering SATA 6GB/s, USB 3.0, and all the ports and connectors you expect from a top-class board. The board also comes with a host of overclocking features, and is ready for Windows 8.
Any powerful PC has two brains, in the form of a CPU and a GPU.
The stand out GPU at the moment in the Nvidia Geforce GTX 660. This card offers you the latest GPU technology for about $250, and can churn out well over 30 frames per second for any modern game title that you care to throw at it.
Of all the Nvidia GTX 660 cards out there, the Gigabyte GV-N660OC-2GD stands out head and shoulders above the rest in terms of performance and reliability.
Picking a good solid-state drive means juggling storage capacity and performance against price. Given the staggering array of drives out there, finding the best one can be tricky.
Currently for solid-state drives the sweet spot for capacity is around 256GB, and from my experience the best drive in with this capacity is the Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2. Here you get a 256GB drive that offers read speeds up to 500MB/s, and write speeds of around 260MB/s. There are faster and bigger drives out there, but for $170 the Crucial M4 is very hard to beat.