Rosewill challenger or antec 300 = 50 & 60 respectively (still undecided which one, buy leaning on challenger?
Gskill ddr3 1600 8gb ram = 60
Samsung f3 1 tb = 60
Xfx core edition 550 = 70
CM hyper 212+ = 30
Dvd drive = 20
Windowa 7 = 100
Monitor = ??? need advice
Gpu = budget dependent
Total for now = 643 before tax and rebate
Approximate Purchase Date: preferably before august ends (for microcenter deal on 2500k. If not yhen by thanksgiving)
Budget Range: max of 1200 after tax, before rebate (preferably lower somewhere along 1100)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, browsing, skype chat
Parts Not Required: i need all. Including monitor preferably about 23-24" and at least 1900x180
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter, amazon and other reputable websites (please note i'm in california so i pay tax on newegg and microcenter, but amazon is tax free)
Country of Origin: united states
Parts Preferences: none as long as parts are of good quality. Doesn't have to be best, but at least decent.
Overclocking: Yes if cpu/mobo allows it
SLI or Crossfire: Yes (in the future) if mobo allows. Else i'll stay single card
Monitor Resolution: 1900 x 1080 or 1900 x 1200 (still has to buy)
-I know my build above does not include a gpu yet. With gpu i'm flexible, but minimum i want is a 6870. Of course more powerful is better, but only if budget allows for it.
-i may be able to get someone who's a student to get me a windows copy. (student price is $45 if i'm not mistaken)
-is that a smart mobo choice for me? Will it allow me to OC my cpu to at least 4ghz? If not, should i upgrade my mobo to something else or should i just downgrade to an i3-2100 or i5-2400?
-if OC is put of the picture (either due to mobo limitations or dropping down to a 2100/2400 cpu), then i won't need an aftermarket cooler. Correct?
-i think my psu is too much for a single gpu build, but i chose 550 watts so that if in the future i upgrade cards (for when 6970s/gtx570s drop down in price) i'm still covered.
-even though computer is for gaming, i'm not a hardcore gamer. But even though i'm not hardcore, i still want my games to run smoothly. Games i'm currently interested in are bf3, diablo3, sc2, counterstrike, medal of honor. (mostly shooters)
Ps. Forgot to mention. Browsing typically comes with multitasking too. Typical session would be : 4-7 browser tabs + yahoo messenger + music thru itunes. I'd say i would be gaming 50% of the time and browsing the other 50%
Tax is 8.75% here, so just add 10% to the cost and it'll be close enough
U get i-2100 and H67 and let say HD6950 2Gb
it will handle most of the games at high quality, although will lack in multithread programs but if u only plan on skype and browsing u will be good.
later on ivy bridge comes out and when it will get to a reasonable price u can upgrade ( i think by the end of next year). The only problem that u will not be able to overclock ur CPU which will save u on cooler
u get Z68 or P67 mobo and i-2500k and let's say 6870
most of the games will run at high quality at 1920x1080 resolution but u might have to oc GPU.
U will most likely OC CPU as well depending on the choice of mobo u go far or not (cheaper Z68 will not let u go further then 4.2Ghz while P67 can up u to 5Ghz)
u will need non-reference cooler like Cm hyper 212+ and extra fans in ur case
ivy bridge comes out and u can wait a little bit more and get K series ...i-2500k will last u for some time especially with OC
another thing to mention is PSU for 1st system u'll be fine with decent 600w as u will not OC much (also HD6950 2gb can be unlocked into 69700
for a second system i would go at least 650-700W as u will OC ur CPU and GPU (if u feel like it) also think about possible CF or SLi which will cost u extra
I have to admit i am a bit unsure as to what to get. It's because i "want" a 2500k but i'm having a hard time justifying the cost over a much cheaper i3/h67 solution. By going with i3 i can get a better gpu. The 2500k combo would last longer before it becomes too weak to run though, and gpu are easier to upgrade than cpu/mobo.