First time builder and have been doing research and have a decent grasp but with everything being so new I have gotten a bit lost with all the components their various models that are available. Just looking for some ideas on a solid build! I'll be happy to answer any clarifying questions!
Approximate Purchase Date: within the next 2-3 weeks
Budget Range: hoping to stay between 800-1,000 but is flexible and have budget to go over if necessary, will need a monitor so i know that will add some $$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: movies and HD streaming (some small scale video editing), internet, gaming (mostly use consoles but have some games like Half-Life 2 that I play and never know when a newer game might catch my interest), multi-tasking
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, OS [Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit]
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: only preference is where the best deal is at
Country of Origin: US, no micro center close by
Parts Preferences: looking at Intel build, i5 2500k. no particular reason though, willing to use AMD to make it more affordable.
Overclocking: No. only in the distant future if it becomes a necessity
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Don't have monitor so no set resolution, the greater the better though.
Additional Comments: would like to have a blu-ray drive for HD movies. I also need to buy a wireless card as my computer is not close to the router. speakers i may just go with something cheap for now or just use my noise cancelling headphones. I have about 2 TB of external storage so can save some money on a smaller internal hard drive. Considering a SSD, but doesn't need to be included in my budget as they are pricey and not a necessity.
Any advantages/disadvantages with the Intel or AMD build for my purpose? The AMD processor has 2 more cores which would be very useful in your position and costs $40 less than the Intel processor. However, the i5-2500K is the perfect gaming platform and easily overclocks to 4.4GHz on a stock cooler.
Are there currently any issues with Sandy-Bridge? There was never anything wrong with the processors but rather the motherboards (Socket 1155 + SATA3 defect). The first fixed motherboards are retailing this month and full availability in April.
Any recommendation for a wireless card? Sorry, I can't help you there (I've never used wireless internet, never will).
I decided to go with the Intel CPU, the MB you recommended however is now sold out and I was hoping to buy in the next day or 2. I was looking around at other MBs but most similar ones seem to be sold out as well. Is there another one you recommend or should I just wait until it is back in stock?