After spending a few days researching and comparing prices I'm beginning to settle on this build. Any recommendations and advice would be appreciated.
Approximate Purchase Date: Before Christmas, but can wait for post-holiday price drops if it might be worthwhile.
Budget Range: $1000 before rebates, not including monitor and keyboard.
System Usage (from most to least important): Gaming (SW:TOR, Skyrim, LotRO), Multimedia, MS Office.
Parts Not Required: Mouse, OS.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
Overclocking: Future overclocking as I learn more.
SLI or Crossfire: Not in initial build, but as a future upgrade.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Combo deals are a plus. Upgradability, future proofing, and reliability are important within the price range. Case with good cable management, clean installation, and cooling is important, as are good looks, but nothing that resembles a space ship or rave light show. Always follow up with rebate cards when available.
you need a cpu cooler. I suggest the Cooler master hyper 212+. Looks like a good system man, The case is cool but you can get cooler for cheaper. If you want just an antec flat back id get the antec 300 illusion black and save ya about 60 bucks. also you can get a hitachi 500gb HDD for 89.99. everything else looks good.
To elaborate on my case preferences a bit more: black interior is a must; subtle blue lighting is fine; ample space behind the motherboard for cabling is a must; I want to show off my first build so I'm partial to a side window. This would make the Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case more or less a deal breaker. Still, if I can find something cheaper (and considering the Antec Eleven Hundred requires ~$22 shipping at newegg.com) I'd like to put the savings into a GPU upgrade.
I'm also very interested in hearing opinions regarding the two monitor choices.
Why this is better than your choice..... cause you get a MIR which brings its price down to 159.99, xD. But anyway they are pretty much the same Asus is really good with monitors I actually have this one and its pretty good