Approximate Purchase Date: I guess when P67 is back.
Budget Range: (400-700) After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, school work, everyday
Parts Not Required: Possibly OCZ Game Xtreme 700W, Intel X25-M 80GB SSD, XFX Radeon HD 5870, Antec 900 ATX Mid-Tower
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg & Microcenter
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: I guess I prefer Intel, I'm trying to jump on the Sandy Bridge Bandwagon.
Processor : Core i5 2500K
Motherboard : Asus P8P67 Pro
Memory : G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CAS 9
Power Supply : XFX 750W 80+ Silver
Mouse and Keyboard?! I'm really not satisfied with my Microsoft Wireless ones. Thinking of wired.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: I'm really looking into a high value replacement for my high valued E8400. This rig's three years old now and I'm ready to hand her down to my folks. My old EVGA 780i SLI mobo isn't quite compatible with my SSD and I would like the option of picking up a second Radeon HD 5870 down the road for a quick graphics boost.
BTW, I think you might like the Logitech G500 / Razer Deathadder mice and Microsoft Sidewinder X4 / X6 keyboards. Other options might be the Logitech G11 / G15 / G19 and the Razer Lycosa (which I personally don't like).
You also might want to consider waiting for the Z68 chipset.
Since you have time, I suggest you toddle down to a store like BestBuy and try them out to see what you like best.
Sorry for wasting your time, folks. I will check back later. Do you guys think I should pick up an open box i5 2500K for 125 that was returned for missing the stock heatsink? I'm thinking this might be a steal as I plan on OCing and getting my own heat sink.
I'll check out your suggestions for mice and keyboards!
Will you get any sort of warranty with that processor?
If you do get some sort of warranty (I'd say you should get 90 days, at-least) then I would think its a good idea. Just don't OC too high or be too generous with the vCore increments.
If there's no warranty, then forget about it. It could be DOA.