My computer is 4 years old and I'm looking to upgrade. I've been lurking the forums and am finally posting a build I came up with. This is my first build so I do have that first build anxiety of buying something that isn't compatible, not buying the best, etc... Any feedback and advice would be appreciated.
Approximate Purchase Date: May - June
Budget Range: ~$1300 after Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (SC2, Diablo 3, ME3), Fraps/Video Streaming
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, I live <10mins from a Microcenter
Country: Virginia, USA
Parts Preferences: None, but I am more familiar with Intel
I don't believe I missed anything... After looking at reviews after reviews, this is the best build I found for my budget. The only thing I'm kind of unsure about is the motherboard I chose. From what I've searched, it is compatible with the i5 3570K Ivy Bridge, but is another motherboard recommended over over the Z68 Extreme3? Let me know, thanks!
Nice find on the cheaper Seagate HD, I'll be adding that.
I never had a dual video card setup, but my idea with this build was to expand/upgrade in the future (~1-2 years?). I think the extra $20 is worth it to leave my options open, but thanks for the suggestion.
That 120GB SSD is really tempting...I will see if I can scrounge up some extra money.
I will pass along some info another helpful Tom's member gave me yesterday. Microcenter is having a special until 4/29. If you buy your motherboard and processor there they are giving you $50 off your motherboard. That will make the ASrock Z77 Extreme4 $89 and their intel processors are already the lowest price.