Delurking to post and solicit assistance. If I may?
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Three weeks or so.
BUDGET RANGE: ~$1200, a little flexibility, not picky about rebates.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: School work, abusive internet surfing, photo/video editing, movies, some gaming.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, keyboard, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly eventually.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've just entered college as an electrical/computer engineering major, and I've never actually built my own machine. A little embarrassing. I'm going to be doing a lot of programming, some MATLAB and possibly using some CAD programs in the future. I'll be running Win7. Would like to have Blu-ray capabilities, but it could wait, are there any expectations for prices there to drop much?
I do some gaming, but it isn't my biggest priority here- with that being said, which of these two cards is recommended (or neither)? I would like to be able to run most anything with somewhat lowered settings, and just add another card if it really becomes an issue.
Are there any miscellaneous parts I'd need? All advice welcome, please, especially on mobo, video card and case/cooler. and Blu-ray. I can't entirely trust myself without any practical experience, please and thank you.