I am pretty new to the forums and enjoying the information available and the comments from experienced builders and users. I am thinking of building my own desktop. I don't have lots of time or patience to deal with overclocking at the moment but am not afraid of diving into it later when time permits. Can anyone suggest whether the following list has problems or if you think my priorities may be misplaced? I am thinking that it makes sense to pay more for a component like the processor to get one I will be happy with, since I will likely try to make this machine last up to 5 years - with modifications of course, but hopefully not the processor.
Approximate Purchase Date: Monday 6/25
Budget Range: $1300 after rebates (if any)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Scribus, GIMP, streaming media via bluetooth and recording TV to mpeg, possible future sketchup or revit usage
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon
Parts Preferences: by brand or type I would like to use an Intel CPU & an analog monitor (for now) and full tower case.
Overclocking: Maybe, once I learn more about it
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, depending on future use
Monitor Resolution: unknown
Additional Comments: Interested in a machine that I don't have to wait for, & that is upgradeable for five years (or more). Want USB on front.
Follow-up: I have gotten some other advice to go with an i5 since GIMP won't take full advantage of the hyperthreading. I think this makes sense - if I do end up doing any 3d or Revit the processor upgrade will be a drop in the bucket compared with adding the GPU and purchasing the software. For mobo I was directed to the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 which appears to have the features I need... also suggestions for a better cooler and smaller power supply given the lack of big gpu. Hope this is helpful if anyone had a similar build in mind. Once I go ahead with it I can post back with any issues I had. Thanks again for reading and the good info here.