Budget Range: About what it is now, give or take a little bit.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: Anything that doesn't fit in the tower.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country: Er...wherever I guess?
Parts Preferences: Would prefer Intel for the CPU and a Nvidia for the GPU, but MIGHT be open to switching.
Overclocking: Not unless it's needed
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not, maybe at some point in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050 i think
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So with that being said - I have a wish list of items that I want to get for the new gaming computer (I've been playing all my games on a laptop since 2007, so it IS time for an upgrade). My goal is to get a computer that won't need any upgrading or anything for several years, so I know I'll be spending more than a normal person would, but I hope to make this computer last.
I think that I have everything compatible with all other pieces I have, and have no bottle necking issues, and have enough space (that Heat Sink is HUGE!!) for everything, but that's one reason for this thread because it's been a while since I've done this and need help to make sure I'm not an idiot.
The HAF series from Cooler Master is another option. The HAF 922 BLUE It has all blue LED's so you can drop the extra fan if you like.
Also, a rather large mistake here, you have choosen DDR2 RAM, but all modern boards use DDR3 (including LGA 1155).
Here is a nice selection of high quality G.Skill DDR3 1600 RAM. It comes in Red, Blue, Orange and Black. Also, there is no reason to pay for 4 x 2GB, so this is all 2 x 4GB. That leaves you two open slots to upgrade later.
Don't forget Windows 7 my friend. You'll want 64-bit. Though you may have it, your initial post was not very forthcoming about it, nor your country. I assume it's here in the US, based on
Wheee tax returns!
On, a side note, you really don't need an i7, and i5 will be plenty for gaming for a long time. Get an i5 2500K if you will be overclocking, and a i5 2400 if you won't.
Yeah drop the i7 and pick up the i5-2500k and use the savings for an SSD which will provide better performance in load times whether you use it for Intel's Smart Response (SSD Speed with HDD Capacity) or a stand-alone Boot drive.