The z77 is still a nice board and upgrade from the previous. Granted, I realize everything about this website is geared toward OCing, but IMHO, I feel its more reserved for those with older CPUs looking to get more out of them and achieve performance of say a newer CPU and avoid the upgrade expense. Otherwise, its like sitting in your driveway and revving the engine of your new high performance auto. Five years from now, I might need to OC to regain some lost performance on my current system, but for now its plenty fast enough to meet my computing needs. This is more of a hobby to most people here on OCF than it is a necessity, plus OCing makes much more sense AFTER your warranty expires. The person can OC the z77 down the road when its needed. Kinda like insurance, better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
I couldn't agree with you more on the SSD, and if you're going to invest in a mechanical HDD, its best to get one with a 10,000 rpm speed, though still much slower than any SSD.
I think most all new laptops are using SSDs, hence why they're so thin in profile.
I agree but the specification of the build was no overclocking. And to allow overclocking also means putting a k chip in. The cost adds up. Though I have put a z77 board in the proposed build above anyway.
And 5 years for a gaming build is a long time. I'd expect the platform to change by then... Warranty? Who pays attention to that? Lol . I get an overclocking chip and oc it after my fresh install is done