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Approximate Purchase Date: Preferably soon. I can wait... but I'd like a computer soon.
Budget Range: Under 2000$ after taxes, shipping costs, rebates ...etc
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Probably like 90% gaming, 10% Surfing the web
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, Maybe not a PSU
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca (eh!) NCIX.com, any other canadian site...
Parts Preferences: Intel... Unless AMD has some sort of amazing hidden secret parts I've been completely missing.
Overclocking: Simple CPU overclocking
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, haven't decided yet... need advice!
Monitor Resolution: All depends on the GPU I pick although it'll have to be a <300$ monitor
I'm 15 and have been using my moms computer for the past 4 years. She purchased it as a family computer for everyone to use and I've thrown in some parts to help turn it from a POS into a mild (very mild) gaming PC. It has served it's purpose over the years surfing websites, playing MW2, Killing Floor, MW3 (with some stutter). Since I have been the primary user of this computer, I've been changing file names and cleaning things up and my mom continually yells at me saying it isn't mine and I have no right to be messing with it... I'm fed up with this and I'm looking to purchase my own computer that can actually be "my computer".
All right, so I've picked out most of the parts already but I really don't trust my own uneducated choices and I'm looking for help and suggestions on better and cheaper parts...
GPU: 0$ Radeon HD 5770 (My current GPU)
I realise it'll become the serious bottleneck but I think I'm going to wait for the 28nm GPU's from both Nvidia and AMD to start rolling before I drain money on an expensive GPU. No?
i7 2600k is not worth it for gaming, if you want to overclock you will turn off the hyperthreading anyway. Motherboard is overkill, anything over $150 (good brands) should be plenty for your needs - stick with z68 chipset for overclockability. Go with the 212 EVO sosofm posted above over the 212+. It's only a couple dollars difference and it is the updated designed heatpipe contact plate. You shouldn't need anything more than 8gb of RAM for gaming. You don't need more than 750w PSU unless you are planning on crossfire/sli.