Approximate Purchase Date: This month, possibly next month.
Budget Range: $800-1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Rift, Heroes of Newerth, Skyrim), surfing the internet, watching movies
Parts Not Required: OS, keyboard, mouse, monitor, cdrom - Might use same case, HDD, and speakers but would like suggestions
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, microcenter.com (live near a microcenter)
Parts Preferences: None - Im used to using certain brands but not limited by it - Intel (CPU), Western digital/Seagate (HDDs), Gskill (ram), EVGA (MB/GPU), Nvidia (GPU), LG (Monitor), Logitech (KB/Mouse/Cam), Creative Soundblaster (Speakers).
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - More then likely not
Monitor Resolution: Single Monitor/TV 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
I would like a computer that would run most upcomming games on moderatly high settings such as Diablo 3 and Planetside 2. Also would like the possibility to run 3D games/movies when I upgrade my monitor down the line.
My current Comp specs are as follows in case I can reuse anything:
Intel Core2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66Ghz
NVidia Geforce 8800 GTX 768mb GPU
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) with Heat Sink/Spreader (5-5-5-15)
Corsair HX 620W Modular Power Supply
EVGA NVidia nForce 680i SLI Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500 GB 3 GB/s HDD
Random Good No Brand Case
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse with Base Charger
Logitech Webcam c120
Creative Labs Inspire 5.1 5100 Sound System
I was thinking the following for parts:
CPU: icore5 2500k with arctic silver 5 - hows the stock cooler will I need better?
GPU: maybe new radeon card thats comming out in march?
PSU: 80+ certified 650~800w or so - possibly modular
MoBo: z68 board (not sure which one)
RAM: 2x4gb gskill ddr3 1333 ripjaw or snipers
HDD: 1-2TB 5900 or 7200 rpm sata 6gbs
SSD: Possible upgrade down the line but not for now
Case: still looking
DVDRW: Using from previous build - sata dvdrw
Floppy drive: Might be my first build without one ok so I'm old school
You have a good outline there. Make sure to pick z68 board from either gigabyte, asus or msi. I wouldn't recommend asrock since i've seen many users having issues and based on past experience, but it's still your choice.
The thermaltake frio is a good cooler if you're planning on overclocking to 4.5GHz and above. Samsung f3 1TB is a very fast hard drive and a bit cheaper than WD black.
650W to 800W is enough for that build and for 2 gpu(maybe a bit stress for 3 cards) and make sure to pick psu from either corsair, seasonic or antec.
If you're still looking for a case, I suggest you take a look at the bitfenix raider. It's quite a good case with very good features,