OK, so it's been a week of research and shopping and I finally feel like I am nearing the completion of my 1st build. I joined this forum tonight because I have been told not to buy anything w/o Tom's approval. This is a "Family PC" that I intend to sneak some midstream gaming into. I'm an Xbox man who wants to see what PC Gaming has to offer. Here is my hardware list, please let me know what you all think of it. Keep in mind that I was trying to stay as close to $1000 as possible(including win7 and a monitor).
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $1000 - $1200 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Creating HD Home Videos, photo editing, internet browsing
Parts Not Required: Keyboard & mouse, but I'll probably get new ones anyway. I'll keep my current speakers.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm all about Newegg. Great site.
Parts Preferences: SOLD on the i5 2500k, other than that, what do I know? I like GeForce.
SLI or Crossfire: No, I think one bad-ass card is the way to go.
Monitor Resolution: the best I can afford
Additional Comments: I do intend to upgrade over the years, when necessary.
I am still trying to decide on a Video Card and Case, I'll post my favorites of each. I also need monitor suggestions.
Video Card: I am favoring the GTX 560 Ti but don't know which one to get.
Case: Should I buy the HAF 912 and buy bigger, better fans or fork up the extra $40 for the HAF 922 and be done with it?
Ideally for a gaming monitor you want fast response times 2ms or less. But pretty much anything 5ms or under will do fine for you.
IPS panels have better color depths, and viewing angles, have slower response times(5-8ms or so) and cost a bit more than TN panels that generally have fast response times for high movement gaming.