What I want to play with this gaming rig:
mostly MMO's, prefer the system be able to play them max or near max
What I value
Longevity and quality over speed and extra features (I don't OC GPU, CPU etc.)
Upgradeability - need system to run 4 years using cpu, ram, and gpu upgrades
Brands I prefer:
Asus motherboards, Nvidia video cards, Kingston Ram, and Intel CPU's. Asus, Kingston and Nvidia I am willing to change brands if the facts show similar quality with a good price/performance gain. I am not willing to Go AMD over Intel for the CPU however.
I know there are cheaper non-OC IvyBridge CPU's and Motherboards, but I went Haswell over IvyBridge, thinking it would give me more upgradability in the future (am I wrong here?), and I had a really tough time sorting out all of Asus's lineup. Help here saving money (based on what I value etc.) would be appreciated.
*I already have a new 500GB 7200 RPM WD HDD and Monitor to use in this build but need new Windows OS*
Please help me drop the price of the build below ($700 – $1,000 is my range), while keeping quality, upgradability, and performance in mind. If you see any incompatibilities please note them (especially motherboard/case - I hate it when IO on board doesn't work with front IO on case etc.)