Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2-4 months (Going to piece it together)
Budget Range: $700-$1000 (lower the better, but not if it I can get better for a little bit more, I don't like to cheap out and would like to have a system that will last me another 5 years or so (like my last system). I'm constantly checking newegg discounts for the parts I need)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly Gaming (WoW, Rift, Guild Wars 2), Playing music (iTunes), Excel/Word usuage (minimal), Surfing Internet.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or maybe microcenter (trying to find a way to get parts from there, I'm about an 1 1/2 hours away, not worth the gas unless I can find someone to pick up for me, so more preferably is newegg, but I always like to shop around)
Parts Preferences: I like ASUS on motherboard (Z68?). Going to be purchasing a ASUS monitor soon, but not sure which.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, later down the road if it would make that much of a difference.
Check out my $850 build here: http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Just get the i5 2500K and motherboard combo that Microcenter has where if you buy a i5 2500K you can get $50 off on the motherboard. I'd suggest the Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 if you do this.
@adgjlsfhk Thanks for the heads up on the RAM @ Microcenter. Kingston is what I have in my current system and I've never had problems, so I'll probably pick that up. Also, regarding Kepler I will do that. I think right now I'm set on the 7850, but will wait and see what comes out from Kepler. I'm just trying to get an idea of what I'm looking at and what's good. I'm first going to buy the PSU and RAM and things like that, that won't have a big change like the GPU. Because the PSU I could use in my current system (noisy annoying fan that's going out). Is there a reason for looking at the different cases? Or just because? I want to make sure I have a case that's very spacious (and still decent price) because with my current 8800GTS card, it barely fit in my case I have now.
@aznshinobi I can't seem to find the i5-2500k and motherboard combos. I found some AMD combos, but not for the i5-2500k. Thanks for the suggestion on the PSU, I thought that was a bit much for the Corsair, and the one you suggested is good and much cheaper!