Approximate Purchase Date: This month or next (May or June)
Budget Range: $1,500 max, includes shipping and tax.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Most important is gaming. Trying to build a great gaming pc, mainly to play Shogun 2 Total War: Fall of the Samurai in maxed out settings. And to future proof the system.
Parts Not Required: Do not require a mouse, keyboard, speaker, and monitor. Will try to get a 1080p monitor later on.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg
Country: Live in the USA
Parts Preferences: no preference really... as long as the part from the manufacturer doesn't break down in a few months.
Overclocking: I'm a noob at this. Will hopefully learn more about overclocking.
SLI or Crossfire: Don't really know a lot about what these are.
Monitor Resolution: current monitor is 1440x900, but will upgrade it to 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Feel free to give me advice to change parts. Maybe a different GPU...
MOBO/CPU:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H with i5 3570k - $414.98
This mobo is pretty great, seen a lot of my friends happy with it's look and performance.
Case/PSU:CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 with Corsair 500R - $239.98
really love this case still using one now(take this PSU over yours because its modular which means it will be more organised)
HDD/Burner:Seagate Barracuda 1TB and ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X - $104.98
1Tb in my opinion is a lot for gaming bought 2 tb 3 years ago and still haven't used half of 1Tb yet(i am a hardcore gamer don't doubt it)
Ram:G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB @ 1600 - $46.99
doubt u will need 16GB of ram just get 8Gb at 1600 speed a lot more useful not to mention faster than your 16GB(note: only get more than 8GB if you are going to do some kind of programming or run a server)
SSD:just use the one that you found cruical is a very good brand for SSD
OS: same as SSD
Heat Skin:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO - $34.99
Evo is a bit better compared to hyper i would say spend the extra money. if you want u can just save yourself some money and go with the hyper
GPU: a 7970! - $479.99
$1421.90 not with tax and shipping yet hope you have a great time and yes this build will run all your needs