APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: Around $1400-1500, but flexible.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, general use.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'm in CA so I would prefer Amazon and TigerDirect since Newegg charges CA tax. I also have a Frys and Microcenter nearby.
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, maybe in a year or two.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first computer build and I just want to make sure that all of the parts are compatible and that I am getting good parts for the prices. I also don't think it's worth it for me to spend money on a SSD, maybe sometime in the future. And since I'm not overclocking I think I can stick with the stock cooler.
Redline Frostbyte RAM has a $30 rebate on NewEgg. Do the Tax math and see if it saves you anything.
Just on general principle it would be nice to see an aftermarket cooler in there. Those high end parts 'want' a CPU as fast (or faster) as the $980 i7 975 3.33Ghz Extreme Edition.