System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching movies (HD 720p), moderate gaming (1280x768 or 1680x1050 low settings welcome), internet surfing, website flash games, youtube watching.
Parts Not Required: monitor, wireless mouse, not getting a dedicated video card yet (see comments)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com - want to do all one site for least shipping
Country: U S of A
Parts Preferences: Intel i5 or other HASWELL cpu in a Z87 motherboard
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (often leave it in 1280x768)
I haven't made myself a whole new system since 2004; I'm rusty with outdated knowledge and want some double checking that I'm not crazy or forgetting something simple after researching and choosing components for a modest yet modern system. I am trying to get as low as possible but still have a future with what I've bought. (Yeah, like who isn't?) For example I'd like to go with an intel haswell 1150 socket motherboard (since the 1155's won't ever see more than Ivy Bridge,) 4 mem slots for future extra memory, compatibility with a future SSD drive or SSD/HD hybrid, enough watts on power supply for future needs.
I am waiting for better finances to get a good (not super) video card $150-$200 in the not too distant future (maybe `GeForce GTX 670' or `Radeon 7950 boost' will be down by then. Thanks Sept card review!) I will make do with the intel HD 4600 graphics that come on the haswells in the meantime. I know they won't be great, but they are newer. It will still be a -huge- upgrade from my Radeon 9550 & Pentium4 2.8Ghz with 1GB RAM that can't even play eff'ing MineCraft anymore.
Thoughts, comments, criticim, suggestions, tips? All are welcome.
I had a barebones pentium G3220 CPU (haswell 1150) with 4GB 1333 memory that came in at about $475 thinking I might get an i5 or i7 CPU later. It was in my budget to do a little more. I thought I'd use that $150 to get a better CPU and memory now with sufferable graphics processor until I can get a video card instead of getting Graphics card now and have a bottle neck CPU that would be upgraded in the future and need more memory. Do you think I should have skipped the CPU or the video card?
And THANK YOU for having such a wonderful forum. Superb assistance for help and research.