System Usage from Most to Least Important: autocad/3d rendering/photoshop/lightroom/light gaming/home use possible hackintosh as I get more comfortable.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS also do not need a lot of HD storage presently as I have two large externals dealing with that presently.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon, newegg, microcenter
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: dell fw240524" for now will move to a 27" or 30" after I add a gpu in the future
Additional Comments: first time build
build next week
$200 - i5 2600k
$90 after rebates and bundled with the cpu - gigabyte z68xp ud3 has built in usb 3.0
$30 after rebate- 8gb ram Patriot G2 Series 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel
$40 after rebate - thermaltake commander msi - has one usb 3.0 on the front
$20 - lg optical drive
$32 open box - Coolermaster v6gt
prices included tax
$75 - Antec 750w PSU
$100 - win7 oem
$52 - Western Digital 320 GB Caviar Blue SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM
I'm considering swapping out to the i7 2600k still but can't make up my mind. This would add $100 or $80 if I get the i7 2600 instead and not worry about overclocking in the future.
Will add a gpu and ssd in the future as money is a bit tight for now.
That said if it makes sense to move to the i7 I'd get that now, if this will do the job in the near term I'll save the $100 and put that towards a gpu as the next upgrade in 3-6mos