APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month (sooner is better, but not imperative)
BUDGET RANGE: $650-750 Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Watching Videos (both from hard drive and streaming), Internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
CROSSFIRE: Possibly in the future? (raises issues with mobo and possibly psu?)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first time (in about eight years) building a PC. I've been researching for about a week now to try to find exactly what I need, and I believe I have got the hang of the basics. I do not need to buy these parts immediately, but the sooner I do, the sooner I can use my new PC!
I am planning to run this build with Windows 7. I would like to be able to play games such as Starcraft II, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age on High Specs.
Don't get that CPU cooler. That'll only be as good (maybe even worse *shock horror* than the Intel stock cooler) If you're willing to buy from Amazon (Newegg on this item's a ripoff), this is way better and is the recommended cooler for its price: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...
I've heard good things about the ECO RAM, so I will definitely make that switch.
The only real reason I chose that PSU over others is because of a combo deal with the GPU. If it really isn't good I would switch to a better one, can anybody else help with that?
Moreover, is the PSU overkill for the rest of the machine? Also, I've been thinking more about at least leaving the option for Crossfire open...would this PSU cover that? (I realize I would need to switch the MOBO)
Amazon is great, never had any problems with their products, so I would happily pick up a good CPU cooler from them.