System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, programming, internet and maybe some smaller graphic design or possibly simple 3d modeling
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: Personally I have just found nvidia to be smoother than AMD but I think my AMD was sort of a lemon so willing to give another try.
SLI or Crossfire: Most likely not
Monitor Resolution: High, not quite sure yet.
Additional Comments: This is my very first time building my own PC but I will most likely have a friend who has done so before with me during the building to insure I don't mess up xD
Also, I don't know anything about what may or may not be compatible with each other and what wattage I need so general tips would be useful as well ^_^
I am going to college at the end of August and I am planning on going with a desktop and a budget notebook (taking a 2000 dollar budget and splitting between the desktop and laptop; Any comments on this? Personal anecdotes or just general opinions all happily accepted.
the 7870 kills the 570 in everything.
boost from 2500k to 2600k is not worth $100
if not using crossfire no need for board with 2 pcie x16
good heatsink for if you overclock.
iveybridge will only be 5-10% quicker on the CPU side while graphics are going to be improved more (dont have to worry since your using integrated graphics) so upgrade to ivey is not going to make a huge difference (especially if you overclock).
plus you get a fast SSD and an extra .5TB!