APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow / this week
BUDGET RANGE: 1300-1450 Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming mostly.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like newegg.com (no tax). I do have a 250 dollar bestbuy giftcard, but unless it's cheaper there including tax than on newegg, I'd rather not use it.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel processor seems to be the way to go, along with an ati card (I was thinking 5850).
OVERCLOCKING: Most likely (will be my first time)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Depends on the monitor purchased.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like something that's quiet, would prefer not to have a flashy case. I'd like a monitor that's 23" or so, but I'm not sure about the price range of them.
I was looking at the i5 750 because of the price+performance compared to the i7 920, but is upgradeability worth the cost? From what I've seen, the i5 750 performs on par/better than the i7 920 while being 90 dollars cheaper plus a cheaper mobo - is this accurate?
Also, what does it take to watch TV on a monitor if I get a second cable/DVR box that has component/hdmi/av outputs? Do video cards have inputs for this, or would I need a seperate card/tuner for that? If so, it's probably something I could do in the future.
Well...for your budget a 1366 would probably do well but if you take the 1156 route you will end up paying less for the mobo/ram and will be able to use that money for a goodie like an SSD which you would not be able to with a 1366 build without sacrificing quality. Your choice, take your pick.