I'm looking for help in validating this new build config. When I specced this out, I took the recommended system reqs for the games I was looking to play short-term and tried to add a bit more "pow" where I could. Any suggestions on substitutions would be deeply appreciated.
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
1) gaming (strategy and simulation ala Civ5, StarCraft2, World in Conflict, etc.),
2) application development (Visual Studio, SQL Server Dev Edition),
3) Home Use (MS office, email, web surfing, photo gallery management, finances)
Parts Not Required: monitor (have ViewSonic VG2230wm)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Antec case, ASUS mobo, Kinston Memory, Intel Processor
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
MIGHT use this new build for home theater as well (for hookup to 42" LCD). Assume would then need to add BlueRay and change case to support remote control(?)
with your budget I think your build should look like this. This build is flexible. What you lack in hardcore gaming hardware (aka SLI/XFire) you make up with processing power. Since APP Dev/DB stuff makes money and gaming doesnt (most of the time) then processing power is a good metric to to build buy.. however, that vid card is still great and can easily run the games you are looking to play no problem.. If you really want to "future" proof the machine, just get the SLI counterpart to that motherboard and a slightly more powerful PSU, then months later you can get a second 570 for gaming.. but you probably wont need it.
I have a 1200$ build in my siggy, it'll do you lots of justice. You'll get an SSD and a great system coming 300$ below your budget. BTW the 2600K is kind of meh when the application devs usually use RAM more than the CPU during the creation process. So honestly you don't need a 2600K unless your encoding a lot.