Hi everyone, I've been looking to purchase a new desktop and figured that I might as well put one together myself. Please bear in mind that I am a complete novice and have never built a computer in my life. With that said, I'm fairly clueless as to selecting components and would like any input from more seasoned veterans. Thanks!
Approximate Purchase Date
Around holiday season, earliest likely being late November.
$1500-1700 before rebates & shipping though I'm willing to stretch it further if the investment is worth it.
System Usage from Most to Least Important
Gaming (e.g. Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Diablo 3), Music
Parts Not Required
OS and a mouse. Beyond that, I need everything else.
Amazon, wishing to avoid Newegg's NJ sales tax
Country of Origin
An i5-2500k and an Nvidia GPU, mainly the GTX580. Not certain however and I am willing to consider the GTX570 as well as the new AMD Bulldozer chips if they become available.
Yes in the future
SLI or Crossfire
Uncertain, maybe upgrade with a second card in the future
Look at the build in my signature, I built it 3 weeks ago and am very satisified. I would get the Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler though, it was not available for me when I purchased. The motherboard is entirely up to your own preference, same with the HDD brand. Everything else should be highly considered.
Ah so yeah, sorry it took so long since I was taking so long to check other sites to avoid the Newegg's NJ sales tax. This build is entirely Black and White so it will be VERY classy and move anything you need at 1920x1080 with at least High Settings.
Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen 3[Motherboard] - Price: $124.99 (Sorry man the Only reason I leave this motherboard from Newegg here is because its an efficient MB for the price and supports both PCIe 3.0 and Ivy Bridge witch is the upcoming new CPU from Intel that everyone is expecting) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total Before MIR: $1566.85
Total After MIR: $1556.85
Also you said you might add an additional 580 for possible SLI, If true then please write back because I might need to change the PSU to the Corsair HX850W since a SLI 580's are very strong combination and I WOULD NOT want to something to go wrong with your system.
Well it is true that Bulldozer could turn the tide so he could wait until Wednesday at 12:01 AM when the NDA will drop and review sites will release the Benchmarks. We are on the same boat since I'm also going to be building my new Gaming this Sunday.