I'm sure I won't be able to build a beast with my budget, so I'd like a computer that I can possibly do upgrades to in the future. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: 800
System Usage from Most to Least Important: The only game I really play at the moment is World of Warcraft, I'd like to try skyrim and other games out though. I use photoshop a lot.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, possibly cd/dvd player. My current hard drive is only 80gb, so I'd really like something with a bit more space. My case is a dell case, so I don't think It's usuable.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel, i5-2500k if possible.
SLI or Crossfire: I'm not sure, is it that much of an improvement over a single card? I don't think it's needed.
Monitor Resolution: My monitor is 20" 1600x900
Additional Comments: I need windows 7, so budget is actually 700. I'm willing to do 800 depending on if that extra 100 would really help out that much as far as performance and part quality goes.
This is what I have so far, how is this build? Rebates factored in.
Microcenter is the way to go if you're close to one. They usually sell it for $180 and $60 off the intel motherboard. As for HDD, go get a SSD or something. You can store your OS and some games in it for now. Skyrim scales well with low end graphic cards and the 6870 is mid end so you'll be fine with a HD 6870. It's safe to drop to a HD 6850 or even a HD 6770 though. You're not playing at high resolution