Greetings, I am new to these forums so thank you for your time and without further ado:
-Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully within a week or two, though I've been hearing about intel's Sandy Bridge and AMD's Bulldozer which makes me a little hesitant. At the minute I'm using a friend's pc since the graphics card on my own 8 year old internet-and-word-processor-only rig finally gave out. Should I upgrade now and enjoy the benefits of modern day pc gaming or just get a new graphics card and wait until Q1 next year (assuming the rest of my pc can make it)?
-Budget Range: $1000-$1300, though if there are parts which don't make much of a difference in gaming I'd rather not splurge. I'd like to be able to have a computer which can run games in high quality, which would be somewhat of a first for me (hehe...).
-System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, word processing, miscellaneous basic tasks
-Parts Not Required: Mouse, mousepad, and speakers I guess since I can reuse them. I would like to get a new monitor.
-Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, microcenter.com, frys.com, pretty much any site or store that has a good reputation in regards to how they care for and deliver their parts. I live near a Microcenter and Fry's so I can pick up anything they refuse to ship.
-Country of Origin: U.S.
-Parts Preferences: None
-Overclocking: Yes, if it can impact gaming and save me money.
-SLI or Crossfire: Same as above
-Monitor Resolution: Since I hope/plan to get a large monitor... 1920x1200? I'd love input on this as well, especially if there are any deals on monitors.
-Additional Comments: Any deals or combo deals are greatly welcome. With the exception of the graphics card and RAM, along with any unexpected failures that may occur, I very much want to make something that can last a good 3-4 years (not planning on keeping it as long this time, hehe). I've put together somewhat of a build based on my limited knowledge...
Quick Note: The build does not need to be Intel-based. AMD builds are great too.
Core i5 760 Processor Boxed--$169.99 (I couldn't determine if there was any significant impact on gaming in regards to getting an i7 processor instead... Also, if you recommend any AMD CPU, an i5 750 or any i7's instead, please explain)
I have no flippin' idea what to do in regards to a graphics card... This is a crucial part and even after reading up on them I'm totally stumped--help?
As well, need advice on monitor: 2ms, 3ms, 5ms... does it make any sort of difference?
Total cost so far is $748.92 without Graphics card or monitor.