System Usage from Most to Least Important:\) gamming (BF3,wow)
Parts Not Required: keyboard,mouse monitor,hard drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg,frys,microcenter
Parts Preferences: amd,intel,nvidia.ati---best parts posible
SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe
Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024,
Additional Comments: This is a new build for my son. He has an old dell xps 410 e6600 cpu,9800 512 gtx. Most of it is out dated and runs xp. If he can he has 2 hard drives and would like to use it if possible as hard drive are not cheap (has xp but will want win 7). Somthing that can be upgraded as time goes and with a fair warranty would be good. As the monitor goes right now is low its low resulution,but may give him a new monitor later that would support 1680x1080. Overclocking would be good. As far as the case goes he was looking at the haf 922 or simular. As far as places to buy,my local frys will price match micro center and newegg but have to pay 8% sales tax. If you need any more info feel free to ask. As always thanks.
You don't need 2 hard drives, as you can just partition one hard drive for the two operating systems.
An i5 should be able to easily fit in to the $700 budget.
Were not planning on using 2 hard drives,just one.And eliminating xp all together and going with window 7. The comment about using the used hard drive was if we could use it as it had old software on it at first boot. It would have new OS and software put on it.
Except you often need a better CPU cooler to overclock, which is usually around $50.
At the current resolution you don't need anything too powerful, but if you are going to 1080P in the future; then that changes things. Since it is for your son, I doubt he will want to switch parts out down the road, so an upgrade path probably isn't a big thing.
Get a better motherboard, something that is P67. Get a 2500k and a 6850.
But a CPU cooler would be like $50, $45 more for the 2500K (I think), and then $30 or so more for the motherboard.
Not sure how his son is with tech, but I don't think consistently having the system overclocked is a good idea.
Thank you all for the great input. My son is 23,just not real technical on computers. I built mine last year,by reading some of the great post about builds here. My problem is don't know to much about the sandy bridge motherboards.