System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing internet, watching movies. Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, general internet browsing, media storage & playback. Maybe some more GPU intensive games such as BF3 or Batman AC.
Parts Not Required: mouse, speakers, OS.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, ncix, zipzoomfly
Parts Preferences: Intel IB CPU, GeForce GPU
Overclocking: Maybe, only if simple
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not, maybe in a year if not upgrading to GTX 680
Requirements: IvyBridge/with SSD/One GPU card/little to none overclocking/quiet system. Well-reviewed, reliable parts with a minimum of fuss/modding necessary. Doesn't glow in the dark when on due to ugly LED bling bling.
Current PC is self-built mid-2005, it can handle StarCraft 2 on low settings (AMD Sandiego 3700+). This and the last build were AMD, I always liked them from a price-performance basis. Was looking forward to Bulldozer, but they had bad reviews so I made the decision to switch to Intel. I generally keep builds for at least 4 years and usually do not upgrade them past the initial build.
Planning on building a new PC within the next month or so, in time for Diablo 3 on May 15th. Budget is not a limiting factor, but I don't like to buy top-tier components when the 2nd tier is almost at good for a better value. Wanted to go for a GeForce 680, but those are ridiculously overpriced at the moment, so I will save that for a future upgrade. Looking at a GeForce 560 Ti or maybe a 570.
I realize that since IB isn't out yet, it's hard to do a full comparison on CPU and motherboard. Although from what I understand, IB is already supported by most 1155 Intel motherboards.
The components thus far (only the case has been ordered):
Not sure if I need a Blu-Ray burner. Probably wouldn't use it much if any.
Sound card isn't needed anymore right? I'm not in the market for THX or Dolby sound.
Hard drive, don't really care, WD 2TB 7200 RPM basic vanilla.
Anything I'm missing? I think 16 GB memory is overkill, correct me if I'm wrong. Still a bit in the dark as to what DDR/PC speed I would need for an IB-compatible motherboard.
Also looking for a good mechanical keyboard around $100. Hear those things are cool.
So, what do you think? I'd like to future-proof it as much as possible, except for the GPU. That's why I'm not going for the SandyBridge right now, unless you can convince me otherwise.