Let me start out by saying that I have lurked for quite a long time but this my my first build. I have always had local computer locations build my computers in the past, but since I'm a hands on guy I figured I would try to tackle this one myself.
The extent of my computer building skills are that I've basically replaced PSU's, GPU's, and Ram.
I will be using this for gaming/browsing the web. I would like to play BF3 on max settings and Diablo 3 when it releases. My budget atm is shooting for $800-1200. I would also like to make it upgradeable friendly if possible.
Approximate Purchase Date: Wife said I could order after the 18th
Budget Range: Planned on 800-1200 looks like 1200-1500 Now =[
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, Surfing the net.
Parts Not Required: Mouse/Keyboard/Speakers/Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA/Florida
Parts Preferences: I prefer EVGA/ASUS/Corsair/Antec but I am open to opinions of those more experienced.
Overclocking: I don't know how, but will be googling/learning here soon
SLI or Crossfire: Not ATM but I want to be able to upgrade in 6 months - a year.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (I believe). Its a single 26 inch monitor. I will be buying another in 6 months - a year for Dual monitors.
Total price in my wishlist : $1294.92 Price is duoable but I need help with my new video card decision. I want it to last me for atleast a year and then I could SLI another, and it'll last me for 2-3 more years with dual monitors. Is this possible? Then in 3-4 years I'll be back on this board asking for another build? =]
Wow! Thanks for all the links! I'll be switching the Hard drive for sure. I looked for a 500gb barracuda on newegg but couldn't find one. My current PC Has 580gb and after 3 years of owning it I've amassed 160gb/580gb... No need for the 1TB
Edit: I am concerned that the video card won't be strong enough for what I am desiring. Do you think it'll be fine, or should I somehow squeeze a 570 into the build?