Approximate Purchase Date: 3-6 months (depending on prices) i would prefer 3month range but i can wait if something a lot better is coming out soon that will lower the overall cost.
Budget Range: under $2,500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: hard core gaming - minimal web usage will also double as a School PC for me while i finish my bachelors.
Mainly I play everquest, WoW, Eve, Skyrim (when I get this PC built)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, Blue ray player (I’m old school if you want to watch a movie turn on your TV, I don't need a big hard drive, but I’m not sure what i can expect to need in the next 2-5 years
Preferred Website(s) most reliable and trusted > price.
Country: USA I will be putting it together or the local Tec guy if i feel the need to use a hammer
Parts Preferences: I would prefer a full tower to allow for easier upgrading and assembly. I would like to have 16-24GB of Ram (4x8GB sticks is my personal preference) but again I am flexible.
Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe I’m 100% unsure i have heard a lot of pros and cons about OCing void warranty. Not sure if that outweighs the benefits.
SLI or Crossfire: unsure
Monitor Resolution: i currently use 1366 x 768 but I’m not dead set on keeping it.
Additional Comments: for years I have dealt with lag in games, sometimes a little sometimes a lot. I am at the point now where i can't run my old games on my new laptop (cheapest one they sold at Wal-Mart) I wanted to try a laptop and i found i hate them.
Current parts Ideal (probably very horrible set up overall and completely incompatible. but that’s why I am asking you experts for advice first
fan's / cooling - yet to decide. 0
HD - kind of wating on the price to drop back down befor I pick one.
CD/DVD basic $25 (only use it for loading games)
Sound card: I'm not sure of the diffrence.
not sure if i want WIFI or not, I have heard it slows down a desktops performance on the web.
Total price: $2,114.91 (w/o $90 In mail in rebates.)
I am 100% willing to listen to you guys, and swap parts overall goal is most bang for my buck, and to not have to need to upgrade again for at least 2 years. I just want a system that I can play the games I enjoy again. with out tons of lag.
I should have mentioned this earlier, After I graduate in 3 years, this will become a work computer, for IT security / programming.
Well, I would certainly drop to Win 7 x64 Home Premium (OEM) - that's only $99 on newegg.
That card is crazy - but also a generation behind current (SLI'd 460s instead of the 5XX series). For that price you could Xfire two 6870s or get a better single card. And the 7XXX AMDs should be out in the next 3-6 months.
32gb of ram is way way overkill for gaming (esp at $300). Get yourself a good 2x4gb setup (G.skill or Corsair) which should only run you $50.
Get a high efficiency Seasonic, XFX or Antec 750-900W PSU instead of the overkill 1200W.
Mobo is awesome, but likely also overkill - plenty of good Z68 boards in the $150 range. I like gigabyte and asus boards.