First off: Huge thanks to the community at large. I've been pouring over posts on TomsHardware sporadically for the last few months while considering a new PC build and the information brought to the table has been invaluable.
Secondly: The last new PC I bought was a decade ago, and it's been collecting dust for years. Laptops have treated me just fine since then, and will continue to do so, but I'm looking to set something up for a designated workspace, for media streaming and for occasional gaming. And by occasional I largely mean I'm sick of hearing about all the sweet Diablo III or World of Tanks or League of Legends drinking sessions I'm missing out on. In any case, template away:
Approximate Purchase Date: Ideally, this week.
Budget Range: 600-700 (ideally).
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Moderate gaming, media streaming, audio editing.
Parts Not Required: Starting from scratch, but I have a keyboard, mouse and I'm intending to use my HDTV as monitor/speakers (at least temporarily).
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and HDMI support
Overclocking: Maybe. Waffling. Never done it before.
SLI or Crossfire: Not planning on it.
Monitor Resolution: Not immediately important.
Additional Comments: I'm trying to juggle quality vs budget to stay close to $600. I don't need to run the latest FPS on Ultra Settings, but it'd be nice to be able to suffer through games like The Old Republic if the urge strikes. I'm also trying to stay OC-sensitive, but it's not something I'm familiar with in the slightest.
If I can shave at least $100 off of this build, I would be happy. I'm assuming there are better bang-for-my-buck options for the Mobo, GPU and Hard Drives that I've been looking at. Any help would be much appreciated!
I don't see an OS like Windows 7 in your build. If you need it that would be another $100.
If you want to OC you'll probably have to get a heat sink which will run you another $35 minimum. If you don't think you'll OC you could save $15 with i5-3570 or downgrade just a little and save $30 with i5-3450.
The rest of your stuff looks about as low as possible. The only place you might have to take a dive a little to cut some $ is in your GPU. Just last week this HD 6950 2G was $190 but it's back up to $240 now. I'd keep my eye out on a few GPU's that I like that might drop for a week sale and save yourself $40 or more. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thanks for the responses! It's incredibly easy to get stuck in a "well for $20 more than THAT one I could . . ." mindset and watch the price blow up. I'm going to compare the suggestions here and from a few similar threads and see what I can drop or justify. I'll check back in to make sure I'm not too far off message before I pull the trigger.