Hi all. Could you take a look at my first build (in a while) and offer any advice you can. I was a little surprised that my total price was up to $1400. I don't necessarily mind this as long as I'm not spending money where I don't need to. I will need this computer for work, although I do like to play games also. I could see myself mostly playing games like Empire: Total War and Diablo 3 (next year), but I do enjoy the occasional FPS. I could see myself doing a little bit of overclocking. Not enough to consider it a hobby, but maybe a little extra performance
Okay, here goes.
CPU - Intel Core i7 860: $230 at Microcenter.
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Intel Core i5 750: $150 at Microcenter.
So, those are the major components I'm looking at. I know there's a lot of information there but I'd love to get everyone's opinion on where it's worth spending the money and where I can cut a slight corner and not really notice much of a difference.
If you can budget in the i7 860, I say go for it!!
I know you like the Raidmax Smilodon, but this is one of the best combo deals Newegg has ever had.. IMO CM RC-690 case and WD Black 640GB hard drive for under $100. If you want you case, I would look at either the WD 640GB Black hard drive or the Samsung F3 (1TB or 500GB) hard drives. Either one of those hard drives are faster than the two you listed. The WD 640GB Black is the newer of the Blacks, so it is faster.
The only areas I think you can drop down and not have a major noticeable difference is getting the 5ms monitor and dropping down to DDR3 1333, instead of DDR3 1600. Others might disagree but those would be my recommendations to cut cost.