APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon! Within a week or so.
BUDGET RANGE: 1200-1500 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming = Photo Editing, Movies, Internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg/Microcenter/Amazon
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, 24" Monitor
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Definitely need some suggestions for a monitor. I should also add that I really haven't played a computer game other than CSS/Portal for a few years, so that while I am excited to play Crysis, Borderlands, etc, the computer will realistically get more use watching movies and doing photo editing.
I'm also not a professional photographer, so while I'd love to buy an IPS monitor, say the Dell U2410, I don't think its particularly necessary at this point in time, and would rather the monitor be capable of playing games cleanly without ghosting.
First time I've built a computer since my old 2.5ghz AMD Barton... 8 or 9 years ago?
Also if people think the i7 930 is entirely overkill or just not something that I would ever be utilizing, I'm equally happy to switch to the i5-750 or other suggestions. Just because I have a ~1500 budget doesn't mean I have to spend to it Mainly I went with the 930 because it was a mere 200$ at Microcenter.
The Cooler Master GX750 did not get the best review from jonnyguru. Altho that was a pre-production model, apparently the author of the article gave CM an opportunity to provide another unit to check that it was a problem with the model/line rather than just the unit JG got. If I remember correctly, the problem was that it would not give over ~500-600 watts when it was hot.
The Corsair TX 750 is probably going to be the next one that is cheap but quality.
This is probably one of the best choices for a P55 mobo: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro $180. Which comes in a combo with the HX750, don't really know if that would be worthwhile getting in terms of cost, but it is $40 off so I think it would be. And of course it is a very good PSU.