Purchase Date: Meh... probably around a month at the least. Have to look up a few more things.
Budget Range: 400-600 (I'm probably going to go over 600)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Coding (nothing really intensive), Browsing.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS, and HARD DRIVE (I have an SSD)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon and Newegg are nice. As long as the S+H doesn't cost more than the GPU!
Country: Indiana, USA (So I don't qualify for the Micro sale going around right now! )
Parts Preferences: Doesn't matter, as long as it's reliable.
Overclocking: Hmm... probably later on down the road, when it's necessary and I don't want to upgrade
SLI or Crossfire: Don't know how to, and whether it's stable, but I can give it a try.
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 is the highest I'll go. 1080p might be coming up.
Additional Comments: Doesn't need to be showy at all. Keeping it cool and quiet would be nice.
So here's what I've got (thanks to sosofm for helping me out with most of this build):
Motherboard: BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Now, here's the thing. It's a cheap mobo. Is there any other cheap mobo that would be better? The case I'm looking at is without a 3.0 USB port, but I can always go around to the back and plug directly into the mobo (right?). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I really like the GPU. That's staying. The rest can be replaced at your guys' discretion. I need to know
1) If you would switch out any parts (specifically mobo, case, and PSU if it can't take it)
2) If the PSU can take the power (even with overclocking. Leaving some overhead)
3) If I should get any fans, and if so, which ones. I want this system to be relatively quiet, but yet not burning up.
4) If everything's compatible
Thank's guys! I'm having a huge internal debate about the i3 vs i5 chip, too! I'm going to currently be playing Battlefield, Combat Arms, and CoD (and other fps) on this computer more than anything else, so you be the judge! I don't want to constantly have to keep upgrading, either. Overall, I think this is a really nice budget build for gaming.