After reading up on this forum for a couple of months I am looking to build my first pc in several years now. I see people asking in all sorts of price range and Im puzzled after all these posts. Looking for bang for the buck as well as future proofing as possible. I am hoping you can help me with some suggestions.
Approximate Purchase Date: sooner the better - problems with p67s has upset any plans I had -- been waiting since mid january
Budget Range: Up to $1200 - excluding monitor
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW mainly as well as any fps), intermediate Photoshop (large raw files), surfing the internet, programming, movies etc.
Parts Not Required: All parts required
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Buying locally (europe) but using newegg for reference
Country of Origin: Europe
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, 24" monitor, good looking and decent case able to support future updates
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - not sure if I need it with this resolution? Would prefer a better single card perhaps.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
I would prefer to have a relatively quiet machine and was hoping to achieve that by using an a/m cooler (Noctua nh-14 perhaps?) and big fans in the case. Need dust filters on case. I had my eyes on SB i7-2600k (until the sata issue) as well as a decent mobo for OC. This is my first build for some years now so not really sure what im getting into atm. Is i72600k an overkill?
I don't really want to wait until april for SB but perhaps any parts gotten now could be used for htpc when SB becomes available again if that is the way you recommend me going? Are there any temp cpu mobo combo I could use with any of the suggested parts for the next few months?
I don't want to skimp on the monitor as those outlive any builds in my experience and therefore I want to get something decent that will last me as long as my trusted 19" crt did ;-)
Have been looking at HAFX but wonder if it is too enormous and awkward for this build I am doing as people always emphasize how HUGE it is?
Looking to get SSD as upgrade in a few months with 'next gen' so excluded from budget.
Well I wouldn't suggest getting any builds, if you can wait. Wait till the SB's re-release.
Otherwise follow my 1500$ guide in my siggy. In there, there is a 1200$ build, just when the SB comes out (I'll re-update), just swap the i5 750/760 for the 2500K and the MSI Fuzion for the Asrock Extreme4 P67.