System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing web, general use
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speaker
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Overclocking: No clue on how to even start, I would eventually try I'm sure, but definitely not initially
SLI or Crossfire: Same as OC response above
Monitor Resolution: I'm not sure, I am going to be using an older flat screen from an HP computer (4 years old'ish). It is an HP S2031, which I looked up and said that it is 20 inches and according to the internet it's native resolution is 1600 x 900. Eventually a new monitor will be invested in if this one isn't cutting it!
Additional Comments: The main reason I am building a computer is that my laptop that I've used for everything is 3 years old now and has been worked HARD over those 3 years. It is time for a new one! I wanted to build my own because I've always been curious about the hardware side of computers, as I am very savvy with the software side. My graphics requirement is WoW at at least high settings, preferably ultra. Internet connection speed is not an option as I have tremendous speed where I live. Multi-tasking is also something that I do frequently with moderately intensive programs. Below is a list of parts that I compiled that I think will be easiest to build with for a first timer, and also that would meet my requirement of high/ultra WoW settings.
Please be aware that I am, for some reason, TERRIFIED at the prospect of adding an aftermarket heatsink due to the thermal paste application!
Thanks in advanced for any input...I truly love just browsing these forums for tech info and knowledge!!!
Edit: I think for the case I will change what I have above with the Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, solely because it comes with 3 fans already as opposed to the one that the Cooler Master Elite comes with. I do still like the look of the CM one though....
P 67 chipset motherboards were the original socket 1155 boards . The Z68 and newer Z77 chipsets add a lot of features . Buy one of those instead
If you get a motherboard with internal USB 3 headers you will need a case with front USB 3 ports . The Antec One is budget . The CM HAF 912 advanced or the Antec 300 two are better .
The 550 ti is a fairly basic graphics card . You wont play games in high detail at 1080p resolution . For that you should consider the Radeon 7850 at around $250 .
Even if that means making changes elsewhere .....like a cheaper quadcore processor [ i5 3550 ] or 2 x2 gig of RAM
It will also mean you can use a 500 watt power supply . 80+ bronze rated or better
@ kvtaco17: As in the description, my benchmark is WoW in high, preferably Ultra settings
@ Outlander_04: Ok so Z68 or Z77 MB, I can do that! Also, Can the screen that I listed get to 1080p? I didn't think that it could. The 550 ti gets great reviews on Newegg and beyond, that's really why I selected that one. What one would you recommend for less than $150?
Sorry I see in your post that your resolution is 1600 x 900 . Thats less challenging for a graphics card , but you can still do better than the 550ti
The best graphics card for $150 is usually the Radeon 6870 . That will give excellent game play on your monitor