First time builder so advice is appreciated. Ive done a good bit of research so i hope I've done well. I don't overclock or go nuts with programs and such, but i want a build that will last a while and is upgradable for the future. Cost is about where i would like to be, but can upgrade bits here and there if its needed.
I have the misc. bits (speakers, monitor, etc).
CASE - COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
POWER SUPPLY - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
MOTHERBOARD - ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))
I've been looking for some weeks, and i am ready to purchase at any time now. I would like to have it done within another month or so at latest.
Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates
Right now it come out to around 1000 or so with the items listed, i can go a bit higher if needed but that would be about it. 1200.00 or so.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)
I do nothing of major usage, i watch movies, surf, play games (currently mostly MMO's but like the option of picking up a new game of interest without worrying about if my system will handle it). For perspective on my computer needs, my current system is 6 years old and short of high end gaming, does everything i need.
Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**
I have the basics, standard keyboard and optical mouse, nothing fancy for gaming or anything, and the same for speakers (basic best buy speakers). The monitor is from my original Dell and is 6 years old but i will probably be buying a new one strictly to get something a little bigger. It is i believe 17" but currently works perfectly fine.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing)
Thus far i have purchased a couple of items from Newegg and like the site. the items listed are from there and i have priced it via that site, so if possible would prefer to stay there.
Country of Origin: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)
USA, East Coast
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)
Pretty much what I've chosen, Ive always had Intel and haven't had a problem, and I've heard Nvidia (which also i have always had without complaint) is the better option to avoid conflicts with programs from time to time, so went that route.
Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe
Obvious from previous replies, i will not be, nor do i even know how atm. If it gets a longer lifespan in the future (meaning i can do so to get an extra year or something) i will do so then.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe
I don't think i need anything more than "decent", i don't need high end. From reading it seems SLI is nvidia, while crossfire is Radeon (?) so i would think SLI.
Right now i think i run it around 1680 x 1050, but i am not at that system. Obviously if i get a new GPU and monitor, that will vary.
Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)
Specifically the GPU, i couldn't find a single "best" choice for this, so i sort of went with one that seemed to have good ratings.
I don't care about windows, blink, water cooling, shiny lights and do-dads. Just a basic system, good for long term life and future upgrading. i don't overclock, run major programs, but want something nice. My last system is 6 years old and still runs great, so buying a new one is more for the 'splurge" of getting something new and to prepare for future games and needs.
You are essentially looking at a $750 or so budget. You need a monitor and OS, which cuts off around $200-$250. Then we have a nice new mouse, so round to $250.
With $750 and only basic gaming with no overclocking, I came up with a sweet system. Keep in mind this is a higher end, most likely BF3 ready system.
A few questions before we get started.
Are you a student? Like, do you have or know someone with a .edu address?
Is there a microcenter nearby?
You can get windows 7 pro for $30 with a .edu email. And microcenter has pretty much unbeatable deals.
Now this is a FULL CrossfireX compatible setup. I know you wanted Nvidia, but it's hard to justify as the 6950 has a bit more performance than a comparable Nvidia card for the price. And since you aren't rendering or anything, looks like it doesn't matter.