Approximate Purchase Date: Mid December (between 15th and 18th)
Budget Range: $850 - $900
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and writing
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, optical drive and monitor (1680 x 1050)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire - will upgrade to 2nd card in future.
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
I do two things on my computer in equal ratios. I write from six to eight hours a day and do the same with gaming. I'm at my desk a lot. My current rig is incredibly loud, though the extra fans I had to slap in to keep the graphics card cool - the fan broke - probably aren't helping.
I'm looking for performance primarily, but I'd also love to try and keep this computer quiet, or at least quieter than the one I'm using now.
For reference, the game I play most is StarCraft II, but I'll also be hitting up Civilization 5, World of Warcraft and Diablo III.
After getting some advice on my initial build, I thought it'd be worthwhile to post the revised version for any last minute feedback I've got $50 left to work with if there are any obvious upgrades
Thanks in advance! I don't post much, I love lurking on this board
milking the budget to get a hexacore seems like a waste on a machine that's used primarily for gaming and writing. i'd stick with the 955 BE and put that money towards some DDR3 1600 RAM with tighter timings, or a better graphics card.