This is my first time building a PC. I asked earlier and got some extremely helpful replies, which I sort of synthesized into one build. My objective here is a low maintenance and not particularly noisy gaming PC for around $1000. I hope I'm not missing anything too major.
Anyway, this all comes to $864.91 on Newegg, which I'm comfortable with, but I can go higher. Thanks in advance for any help.
Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible
Budget Range: ~1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, multimedia, web surfing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: Not sure what these are? which means no
Aesshen, sounds like you have a Microcenter by your way. They are running a deal on i5 2500k for $179.99, and you can get the Asus P8Z68-V LX for $69.99. Which you can Over Clock later if you want/need too. If you are a Gamer this is a plus.
I just pick this up yesterday (2/20/12) from them.
This is about what you pay on just the CPU from Newegg.
I'm sorry, but I don't have a Microcenter near me. Not sure why you thought I did? Unfortunately, I'm not seeing the prices you describe, either. I'm going to go with this build as is, as I'm not really interested in overclocking.
I actually need more storage than an SSD provides - I run a lot of space-heavy modifications on games, which need to stay on internal storage, and I'd rather leave my movies and photos on the computer than buy a bunch of external drives for them.
Just before I buy, do I need a separate ethernet card? Any external cooling? I'm very happy with this - I just want to know that I'm good to go.
Wired ethernet is built into the motherboard, if you want wireless then usually you have to buy an expansion card.
The stock cooling of individual parts, plus the fans in the case will be sufficient to keep all the parts cool. Sometimes stock cooling solutions can be criticised for being too noisy, so you may wish to install custom cooling later if you find that the system is too noisy on stock cooling.
I pick up a OCZ Agility 3 120GB to replace my HDD as OS.. can't wait to get this up and see the difference. I don't do gaming, some Photo eiditing, and excel.. but have all storage on a 2TB and 1TB HDD.
Since I have a few app. installed, I don't mind during a clean install since alot of post made it seem a hassle to clone/image your current C drive, and have to allign the SSD to make is work. Anyone give some advice?? Thanks all.