Hello hello, I've been browsing forums and trying to educate myself a little bit before I posted, so here goes I beg you to tolerate what ignorance I may convey - I'm a learner!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Early to Mid August
BUDGET RANGE: $1200 - $1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (FFXIV, Starcraft 2... etc...), Graphic Design (Adobe Suite)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, keyboard, I have a monitor but suggestions for compatibility with this new build would be nice
PREFFERED WEBSITES FOR PARTS: Newegg.com (I might be able to get a few parts at wholesale $ once I figure out what I need)
PARTS PREFFRENCES: None in particular
OVERCLOCKING: Never done it. Wouldn't know how
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Generally know very little about these. That's something I'm still reading up on and trying to understand.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have some tech savy people that I can go to for help and they have given me suggestions but I'm trying to be open to ideas.
IDEAS I HAVE SO FAR:
CPU: I was really leaning towards AMD Phenom II X4 965/955 but I read alot of varying opinoins about 955 being cheaper for an unoticable difference and that i5/i7 might be better. I also hear alot of AMD is better for price/performance which is why I landed on AMD. Feel free to explain why not to go that route if you so feel it.
GPU: also hear good and bad about the Sapphire 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 GPU so I'm again *really* unsure of how to go in the GPU direction.
MOBO: No idea - still trying to settle and get a good opinoin about Processor and GPU (ASUS seems to be the brand to get though)
Everything else is generally up in the air. I have a few builds that I've set aside to compare with what you smarty-harty's can come up with I'm open to ideas and suggestions and discussion.
Edit: Wow I just have to add this, I've been gone so long I'm getting a little rusty! Sorry everyone and I left you some spare change to buy a operating system for this build. Well please if I made a mistake don't be mean to me.
So, just so I know I understand: SSD drive should be where programs are stored to make use of their technology while personal files should generally be stored on the HDD? Also, a lot of the fans And cooling systems that have been suggested state that they are "intel" compatible. I can safely assume the one mentioned in the build above is compatible? Any tidbits of remaing suggestions or ideas is greatly appreciated.