Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))
Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web Browsing, Minecraft + Flash Games etc. and Homework
Parts Not Required: Monitor and OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com (but cheaper is better)
Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: Yes (as far as I can go without damaging the life)
SLI or Crossfire: Not now
Monitor Resolution: (not sure)
Additional Comments: Keep it in budget I have no preference for anything (if you want a total revamp that's fine)
I'm deciding to sell my tablet now so I should be able to get a PC around $500. I'm open to totally changing everything in this build. So comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Overclocking all the parts of this build (CPU/GPU + Ram). I might, if you really recommend, be able to go around $700.
Filling out the form would help definitely, particularly what it is you're looking to do with the computer? For a daily browser, thats a pretty nice system top to bottom, but you could do better in the same price range for a gaming grunt.
No improvements??? Wow I must a really hit it good on this one. Do I need 8gb ram??? Or should I go with cas 7 1333 4gb ram??? Also does the DiRT 3 Coupon let me get the game (if it does I guess add that to the games list)???
With a Llano I would stick to the higher mhz RAM. 8GB is ideal for a modern system.
As far as the system, like I said, if its not a hard core gaming system, yes. I base this on what you said your usage was, if you're looking for a gaming system, like to run games other than simple flash games and java (like minecraft), then yea, some tweaking to the system would get you a better deal.
For example a Phenom II 965 CPU with a 6870 video card would be a better gaming grunt.
I have no clue what the Dirt 3 coupon is all about lol.
Well, you say "for now", thats what makes me worry that you may be expecting more power needs later. You could make a couple changes and still stay in the same budget range and be ready for when that "for now" changes.
The 3870k is great for what it is, the onboard graphics are way ahead of Intels onboard, however the processor itself is a little on the weak side. Thats my only concern if you decide later you want a gamer.