Hey guys, I've read several other threads and taken some mismatched advise, hopefully I've done a pretty decent job and you guys can help me out fine tuning. I'm very excited for my first build and really appreciate any comments you can give me.
Approximate Purchase Date: Depends on availability of P67 Motherboards. (Soon I hope).
Budget Range: $1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web Surfing and Streaming, DVD Read/Write/Rip, Gaming, I’m curious about TV Tuners (Recording and watching live television) but this isn’t as important right now.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg unless better prices can be found elsewhere (I’m interested in better prices if anyone knows of any please speak up)
I think I will take your advice on the RAM which should cut $30 from the build. How do I check if RAM is compatible with the MOBO I've selected? I've shot a couple searches through google and I'm clearly wording something incorrectly.
Also, I wandered around my local MicroCenter today just for kicks and the i5 2500k was marked at 179.99 plus tax, so I went ahead and bought it (buying items piece meal isn't ideal, but I couldn't pass it up) so that came to 192.14 after taxes. If you're planning a i5 2500k build RUN to MicroCenter before that deal runs its course (I did lose out on an $8 combo deal from NewEgg though, thanks for the suggestion WR2).
I've updated my OP with new prices and hopefully fixed the links.
Continued feedback is great as are any combo or cheaper vendor deals anyone might know about.
They had the Gigabyte Deluxe Board for 229.99 and quite a selection of H67 series boards, but no ASUS Pro. They said they've been getting one shipment a week for three weeks now so to keep checking back.
I bought two more parts that theoretically bring my build within my stated yet flexible budget. Unfortunately it appears that Microsoft is only selling upgrade versions of Windows 7 at that price. I'm currently looking for a cheap license to XP or Vista or a reasonably priced license to '7' to keep me under that budget.