Approximate Purchase Date: In the next several days
Budget Range: up to $600 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home Theater, Gaming (SC2, Diablo 3), Web surfing
Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) Already have keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS (Win 7 Ultimate)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg (I don't have a Microcenter near me)
Parts Preferences: I don't have anything against AMD, but I think I'm going to stick with Intel for this build.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: I'll most likely be using my 1080p TV as a monitor.
Additional Comments: I'm not sure whether I'll need a GPU to start off with, but if I can find a great bang-for-the-buck I'll pick it up then. I'm leaning towards a mid tower mainly b/c this will be my first build and I don't want to have plenty of space to work with. I also am thinking about 2 years down the road about upgrading to Ivy Bridge, but Sandy Bridge will be just fine for now. Also, I intend to keep most of my kids DVDs on the system so we don't have to rely on our DVD player all that often and can play movies over HDMI to our 1080p TV.
That should add up to around $600. That's the max of what I want to spend. All I want is to have something that will be powerful enough for my needs now, and then in a couple of years, still be able to upgrade things like the CPU and GPU if my processing needs increase by then. Please let me know your thoughts on what I've put together, and if it can be made more efficient. Thanks!
Thanks for the suggestions! I think I'll definitely go for the 8GB of RAM, and upgrade to the i3-2120. I got a pretty good idea of what was reliable and recommended after reading quite a few of the builds posted on here. Again, thanks!
I don't know your timeline but it may be worthwhile to be patient and start grabbing items on sale from www.techbargains.com. Thank god I found this site. I've got a few weeks before Z77 boards are available so I'm just checking deal aggregators daily to piece my rig together. Saving tons of $$$