Approximate Purchase Date: By atleast Dec., willing to wait for the best deals. Not in a rush.
Budget Range: 500-1000, not a big deal. I'd like it to last me a while. My last build was 6-7 years ago. I don't game as much anymore, so that's why its lasted so long.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching / streaming video. Gaming (simple ones, don't require much such as sports text based games with little graphics). Poker (multiple tables)
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, PSU (Antec earthwatts 500), Case (Antec Sonata, wouldn't mind upgrading if I need to), Hard Drive, CD Drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or microcenter
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: by brand or type : I5-2500k (yes, it's overkill for my needs, but with the microcenter deal... it's hard to pass up) asus p8z68-v (would get 60 off the board, willing to wait to see if they go back to the 80 dollars off). Crucial m4.
Overclocking: Yes (I know I don't need to, but I haven't done it before... that's why I opted for the ASUS board to make it a little bit easier if/when I wanted too)
SLI or Crossfire:No
Monitor Resolution: would like to run two monitors (can I do that with the ASUS board?)
Additional Comments: This will only be my 2nd build. The first one, my brother helped me out with. I definately don't game as much anymore so I know all this may be overkill... but I like it'd to be fast and reliable. I'd like it to last me as long as I can without having to update for another 5-6 years. I don't mind spending the extra money now for it to last me. I need help in deciding if that mobo is ok? or can I opt for a cheaper one that MC has and would not change the performance at all. Should I update my computer case? if I did OC, etc... would the temps be too hot? I believe there is only one fan in there.
Thanks for the replies. Yes, luckily I live close to a microcenter to just go pick one up. Will my PSU be fine for that build with the graphics card? I was going to use the integrated graphics for a while until I needed to update my GPU. I'm worried about the PSU. I was wondering if I should trade it in for the Antec earthwatts 650? Just since I got it at staples, and if I had to exchange it... only brand that staples carries.
Antec is a good brand and their Earthwatts line was a respected line of PSUs when made. 500W is certainly enough to power a 2500k and a 6850, so I wouldn't worry about it, unless you have some reason to doubt your specific unit itself.