Approximate Purchase Date: within a few weeks or so, if any better deals are around the corner then i can wait but the sooner the better
Budget Range: $1000-$1100ish
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, normal browsing/music
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU with nvidia GPU
SLI or Crossfire: not for some time
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Here's what I have put together so far and I'm looking for any more advice and checking that everything is compatible:
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100 (originally was going to go with the 912, but the current deals on newegg bring the 922 within $15 of it, so I'm going for it)
Also got some thermal compound and HDMI cables and a SATA cable (I guess I need one for the HD since its a bare drive?) about $20
Don't include that stuff in your budget - the Hyper 212 is one of the few fans that includes a really good non-conductive solution. You're essentially buying the same product twice. You don't need extra SATA cables as your motherboard will come with plenty.
I'm also getting a few warranties on the HD, MOBO, and CPU for another $50. Another $10 for shipping.
Not needed - if something is going to go wrong, it's going to go wrong within the first 60 - 90 days of owning your product. I know it's a gamble but I've never purchased extended warranties and the manufacturers provide their own and they have to honor them. Some are better than others about it. Don't waste your money on store-bought extended warranties - Newegg is good but the manufacturers have to honor theirs. Put that money in the hardware.
MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157271 $122 (from what I hear and read its the best choice at the time)
It was but now that the Z77 is out it will be more future proof as it will allow for newer CPUs, RAM modules, video cards and other assorted hardware to be installed.
That's a pretty good build to start with, here's what I would do with an $1100 budget: