Approximate Purchase Date: Withing a week or two(waiting for exams to end)
Budget Range: Around $850-$950 before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet browsing, entertainment, gaming, work station.
Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse, keyboard, headset. Any peripherals really.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca, TigerDirect.ca, NCIX.com.
Country of Origin: Canada.
Parts Preferences: No real preference, friends have been saying to with with nVidia over AMD, but I really don't care, just no crappy components eg Seagate.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, most likely not, though.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: I've already made a shopping cart/wish list on Newegg.ca with what I was planning on getting. At the moment it's a little expensive for what I actually need, so any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.
What games do you play? If it's mainly RTS, yes, a fast cpu will help calculate hundreds of units on screen. Otherwise, the 2500k can be downgraded to save some money. Like the 2500 vanilla for $20 less. Or even a Phenom II X4 + a AMD 8x0 mobo. Same everything else. You can save about $100 with a AMD build. However, 2500 & 955 by no means are equal. Also, AM3 should last much longer than LGA1155 which may be outdated yet again soon. I'm looking to upgrade to Ivy Bridge this time next year.
As for the PSU/GPU thing, I probably won't change my system for awhile, but I know what you mean.
As for gaming, I haven't had a lot of time for it as of late, but most like FPS like BC2 and maybe MMOs like WoW or GW2 (when it's out). And I know the 955 and 2500k are not equal, but my understanding was that AMD offers the best price/performance, but with the 2500k, on benchmarks at least, Intel seems to have the better PP at the moment.