Sorry about my 1st post just offering links. If I had taken the time to read the sticky's I would have posted properly. This system will be used to play Sims 3 (#1 priority, its for wife) and World of Warcraft Cata edition. I am sure you folks will be able to find better items for me. I checked the three mentioned sites and was starting to go wacky looking at the tech jargon. So are these parts compatible, and are they the best I can get on my budget? Thank you for any help you can give me.
Approximate Purchase Date: Ordering 2-12-11
Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) $1400 Before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, some Microsoft Office
Parts Not Required: All Parts Required
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg, Tiger Direct in that order
Standard disclaimer at this point is that both current Intel Sockets and AMD sockets are dead, as in no more CPU's will be made for them.
Sandy bridge and socket 1155 is the new intel mainstream line, but it was basically recalled due to a chipset issue and won't be back till april. At the same time, AMD should be releasing it's new Bulldozer CPU's and socket AM3+ around that time.
Since only thing you're really doing is gaming, you don't actually need to spend $1,400. You'd be fine going AMD.
SSD's aren't necessary, but they make the user experience much better. I personally don't build PC's without one anymore. More than anything else a SSD makes users feel like their PC is fast. It does this by lowering response times, allowing much faster boots and multiple things to load at once.
This build allows you to run two of those o/c gtx 560's @ 8x & 8x. This build also contains an o/s (Windows 7), 8 gigs of RAM (2x4), and an LED BackLight 1920 x 1080 HDMI monitor. If you already have Windows then just subtract it from this build.