I've been out of the game a while, haven't built a PC for myself in about 5 yrs. I work in IT and follow the hardware though so I've got a pretty good idea what I want. Having kids has prevented me from upgrading a few times but its finally time to say goodbye to the old workhorse and build something new. In order to help my budget out, I'm going to do this in a couple phases:
Phase I: Mobo, CPU, RAM
Phase II: Video Card, PSU, SSD
Phase III: Blu Ray Drive,
First let me tell you what I'm running now:
ASUS P5B-Deluxe-Wifi mobo
Intel C2D E6300
6 GB PC2-6400
NVIDIA GeForce 7600GS
2 x 500 GB SATA-150 HD's
Cooler Master CM-690 Case
Antec NEO 500W PSU
22" Monitor, speakers, kb, mouse, etc, etc
I also have a 2 yr old 128GB Samsung SSD (don't know the model off the top of my head) that was given to me.
AND here's what I want:
Approximate Purchase Date: in the next month
Budget Range: $700-ish
System Usage from Most to Least Important: A little bit of everything: Video conversion, some gaming, surfing, office apps, lots of tinkerint with networks and multiple OS's.
Parts Not Required: KB, Mouse, Monitor, Case, optical drives, storage drives, psu
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Micro Center 1st and Newegg if they won't pricematch
Parts Preferences: Intel looks best now, no real preferecne
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050 (hoping to upgrade this yr)
Additional Comments: I want something that will last me a bit with quality components. I've had my current build for 5 years and haven't had any major parts go bad, just a couple cheap fans.
So for phase 1, I want to reuse my current setup, pop in that SSD for my boot drive and replace the Mobo, cpu and ram with this:
You might save a few bucks by going 1333 speed on the ram. It can be had for $40 or so(Gskill and others). I have had 1333 and 1600(current) in mine and could not really tell the difference other than a few points on the benchmarks. I just got the 1600 because i got an amazing on day deal. 16gb of Kingston HyperX for $60. I split it between my two rigs, and used the old 1333 for another.