Budget Range: $800 max before rebates, not including monitor and OS
System Usage from Most to Least Importance: gaming, doing schoolwork, surfing the Internet, possibly watching movies
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'd prefer that all parts come from Micro Center, as I'm a new builder and that would make the process a lot simpler.
Parts Preferences: Intel processor, otherwise pretty flexible though I'd kinda prefer a Western Digital hard drive
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: looking to buy a new monitor and mostly considering 1920x1080, assuming my graphics card can handle it; if not, I'm fine with something like 1680x1050 or 1600x900
Additional Comments: I'm trying to build a computer that will run modern games decently well for the next year, and that can also do other everyday computing tasks. I'd prefer an SSD for boots and a few important applications/games. If the PC was quiet and did not run up electricity bills too high, that would also be nice.
Here's what I have so far. I'm open to all suggestions.
I'm confused at this point as to whether I should drop the SSD completely or get a 64GB one (and use that money to upgrade processor/graphics card and buy mobo). Also not sure what mobo to get. For the OS, I was planning on picking up a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and for the monitor I was looking for recommendations
I agree that I'm probably going to have to drop the SSD, so I'm going to scrap this build. If somebody could suggest a build taking into account my preferences and going off the base of the i5 3450/7850, it would be much appreciated. I can stretch my budget to about $800-$900.
You could get away without the CPU cooler, use the stock fan and save $35. That would put you right at $900 and you get the GTX 670.
And I guess there is a middle option. Get the Radeon 7850 and upgrade to the i5-2500k. Would put you right around $800.
***Here is that option. I went ahead and bumped it all the way up to the 3570k, just in case you ever think about doing some easy overclocking. Downgrade the CPU to save a little if that's not your thing.
He has access to a Micro Center. For $20 more than your build he can get the i5-3450 and a Z77 Motherboard giving him better performance, but more importantly giving a slight edge in future proofing his system. I think that is well worth an extra $20.