(If you think there would be any problems with using the TV as a monitor, please let me know. I spent a lot on that TV and would like to get good use out of it.
Additional Comments: Some things that I want the PC to have: HDMI out. Optical Audio out. I don't really need more than a 500GB hard drive. The last desktop that I bought was back in 2004, it was a sony VAIO, so I am assuming it is too old to salvage anything out of.
I don't know if this is relevant or not, but the main sort of games i will be playing are things like Skyrim and Oblivion. So I guess when you are thinking about what to recommend, I would like to ultimately be able to run Skyrim with a bunch of mods on the highest detail and resolution available.
I will add any additional details if I think of anything.
At the time of this posting, I have not yet purchased any parts to begin assembling the PC. I'll update this part of the post as warranted.
Thanks lol. I was looking for that combo on microcenter that azeem40 mentioned. Which would have saved me a boat load of money by combining the z77 board with the 3570K processor, but unfortunately the processor is only available for in store pickup now, so I can't add it to my cart to get the discount on the mother board.
Dang! I might just go with that mobo HDD combo i posted then. Unless theres some way around the instore pickup of that 3570K. grrr.
Yeah, you be local to get those deals. You could try a price matching store like Fry's. But even Fry's or other competitors will say, if they're smart, that Microcenter's pricing is local only so they won't do it. BUT, could be worth the shot @ Best Buy or something. Best Buy, no offense, has a lot of ignorant employees.
Haha no offense taken about BB employees here. I once had an argument about HDMI cables with one of their employees for a while. Me telling him that the plasma TV itself upconverted to 600hz and him telling me that you needed a more expensive cable to get it to do that. I avoided slapping him.
What is the opinion of cases that come with power supplies? Is that something that is not recommended? I figure it might be a good way to kill 2 birds with one stone, but I know that dead birds don't always lead to a good end result.
Also, a good CPU that is cheap and won't limit me too much? Is the i5 2500K like the lowest I should go here? I don't want to limit myself, but at the same time I don't want to spend too much here if my video card is going to be doing the grunt work anyway. Any further recommendations? would the i3 2100 work? or will it get dated too fast?
I have a DVD burner left over from my sony VAIO that I bought in 2004. Any chance that will still work with my new build? Or do I need another one?
Would go for a 7850 not the 6950. The 6950 though $50 cheaper. The 7850 runs slightly better, overclocks way better, runs cooler and quieter as well as consumes less power even after an overclock. When the 7850 is @ 1GHZ (which is easy, just slide the sliders in the drivers menu) it performs MUCH better than an OC'd 6950 @ MAX. The 7850 1GHZ performs like a GTX 580 without the heat, power consumption and negatives.
As for the CPU, get the i5 2500K. The i3 2100 will be fine but it's just nice to know you have an i5 2500K. Though you might not need it for JUST gaming.