Budget: $1500 (including monitor)
When am I buying? In May
The parts I want the most feedback on:
MOBO, GPU, and MONITOR. I am pretty well settled on the rest of the build, its pretty standard stuff anyways...but I was having a difficult time really being certain on the motherboard and gpu. I was under the impression that intel and nvidia work best together, so I didnt consider any ATI cards...correct me if im wrong.
As far as the monitor goes...I just chose one based on newegg reviews that was full HD. Suggestions there are welcome for sure.
Here is a list of the parts I put together:
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor
Price: $160 CASE: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690
Price: $90 CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W
Price: $225 CPU Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 (Compatible w/ Sandy Bridge)
HardDrive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Price: $100 MOBO: ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Price: $220 PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Price: $90 GPU: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Price: $350 Keyboard: LITE-ON SK-1688U/B Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
Price: $8 Surge Protector: Kensington 62668 6 Outlets Power Strip
Price: $20 CD/DVD: ASUS DVD-E818A4/BLK/B/GEN Black 18X IDE DVD-ROM Drive
Everything is perfect, it's a solid build although you may want to upgrade your psu to at leasta 750w if you plan on sli'ing in the future. Also, since you're spending so this much money you may as well invest in a 23" or a 24" monitor.