Hi guys. I've been lurking the boards for the last couple months, and I've finally saved up enough for a new gaming rig. Hope you can help!
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP, unless I should wait a bit till Bulldozer comes out for any price drops.
Budget Range: I'd like to keep it around $800-850 before rebates if possible, but if anyone thinks $900 would be worth it I'd look into it.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Netflix, Surfing.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tiger, Amazon - Anything is fine, I'm not within distance of a Microcenter though.
Country of Origin: Brooklyn, NY.
Parts Preferences: No preference, whatever will give me the best bang for the buck.
Overclocking: Maybe, if worth researching - I have no experience with it.
SLI or Crossfire: Sure, if I could save some cash or truly max out the system by tossing in an extra GPU in a few weeks after I've built it, it would be doable.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 max
Additional Comments: I'd be using it to game mostly, looking to run Skyrim when it comes out and possibly Diablo 3 or any other MMO's. I usually play with headphones on for audio, and I'm not sure if I'll be needing a sound card? Thanks for your time!
cpu cooler: I use CM hyper 212+ put it's 40 bucks atm...not sure what you can get that is good for like 20.
total = 955 (920 after MIR) $910 ($880MIR) if you can get the cpu from microcenter.
I'd recommend this build for the ability to add a 2nd gtx 560 later on if you want and the i5 2500k is the best you can do for gaming cpu atm. If you wanted to save more you could go with 4GB of RAM to save you $50ish or go with a non modular psu to save another $20ish and a cheaper case to save some more.