CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Biostar TZ77B ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($159.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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Approximate Purchase Date: Over the summer, as deals become available. I want to do this *now* but I will be traveling a good part of June and July so I decided to just buy parts piecemeal as the are good deals.
Budget Range: Under $700 USD After rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Image and audio manipulation, simple matlab, rendering
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any reputable business
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel processor.. I might overclock. See comments below
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: Pretty Fancy to Extra Fancy. I currently have an ASUS VS228 that will be used with this system
Additional Comments: Buying this system mostly because I am curious about Diablo 3 and several other games that cannot be played on my aging laptop. I am ready to purchase parts at any time but since I will be traveling a lot this summer I am not in any huge hurry to build the system (and have it sit at home while prices drop over summer) but if I see a deal I am ready to jump on it.
I have not selected RAM as I am a bit confused as to what and how much I might need. I expect to get a minimum of 8 GB, but think 16 might be better. Of course if RAM prices are expected to drop I can just buy 8 now and 8 later.
I would like to have a decent upgrade path even though I know I typically just buy a new computer several years down the road. This is why I selected the motherboard included in the build.
As far as overclocking goes I certainly have no problem with it. I understand that if I did overclock this system I would need to get a (water cooled?) CPU cooler and several additional fans.
Anyway, I decided to start researching parts and stuff now so I can make wise purchases in the next several weeks, but actually have this build here that I might start buying parts for it..
I am a total novice at this these days.. feel free to criticize and offer suggestions (and your reasoning behind the changes)
No point in getting an i5-2500k with that GPU. Also, with the $20ish you'll save here, I'd get a better mobo... preferably Z68 Pro3 Gen3 from ASRock so you won't have any problems. I'm wary of H61 chipsets... try H67
You might be able to get a Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor for less than the price you are paying for the 2500K from MicroCenter if there is one near your location, assuming you are using a compatible motherboard with the Ivy Bridge processor.
In that case, the build I suggested would probably be close to the best possible at that budget since mine doesn't use Microcenter for pricing. Otherwise, bigcyco1's build would be amazing. I'd still try for a Pro3 Gen3 on my build, and pushing the GPU up as much as possible.