System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music, Surfing, Document Writing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon
Parts Preferences: Open to AMD or Intel
Overclocking: Have never overclocked, so probably not
SLI or Crossfire: Ummm, maybe at some point in the future. Not a deal breaker though
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Additional Comments: Want something quiet, and something that will allow me to play future games (MMORPG, FPS) on above average settings. My last build was AMD (in 2002). Building this to mainly play D3, BF3, and upcoming games. Also want a clean build w/good cable management.
I've been reading a lot on this site regarding the best bang for your buck in gaming hardware. It seems like the Intel might be the way to go. I threw these components together, and hoping I can get some advice from some of the guru's out there....if this build will be suffice and work well together.
That list you just showed would be a great build for your purposes. How much is all that? The only change I would make to that is BF3 recommeneds a 6950 or higher graphics card to run high settings. But if you set everything to medium-high it will run great. And if you want to crossfire in the future get that 6870 but get a better power supply, something like this:
Here's an article with your budget in mind. And here's a site that finds the best deals on parts, and I put together a list of components that should suit you. It falls under your budget at ~$711, depending on where you live.
Go with the 560 Ti, and get a different and cheaper mobo. You don't need a Z68 because you're not overclocking. I can't really suggest a different one, since I don't know that much about other motherboards, but it will definitely save you about $30 (at the least) that you can put into a 560 Ti
Oh, and I already bought an i5-2500k and Gigabyte Z68x-UD3H.
Oh, well if you already bought it then there is no sense in getting Ivy Bridge, unless you MUST have the most up to date parts. Sandy Bridge is still VERY good. I would say get Haswell once it is released, as it is an entirely NEW architecture instead of a die shrink.