This will be my first build in over 10 years. I'm looking to spend around $1500 (give or take a couple hundred).
Uses (Most to Least): Gaming, Movies, Programming, Homework
Any suggestions on ways to cut costs without sacrifice performance. Or adding a little cost to give a big boost to performance and/or reliability would be awesome. I added the bigger power supply hoping to add a SLI system down the road and overclock the system eventually.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz - $229.99 @ New Egg - Link
CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO - $30.00 @ New Egg - Link
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 - $114.99 @ New Egg - Link
Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 - $114.99 @ New Egg - Link
Memory: G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $104.99 @ New Egg - Link
Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP - $419.99 @ New Egg - Link
SSD: SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $124.99 @ New Egg - Link
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $199.99 @ New Egg - Link
DVD Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - $17.99 @ New Egg - Link
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B3 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Orange Trim Computer Case - $99.99 @ New Egg - Link
Total Cost: $1456.91 before rebates
I am also looking for a new monitor. I would like a high quality one and it seems like the price jumps are pretty interesting. Currently I am looking at: HP ZR2440w Black and Brushed Aluminum 24" for $389.99 @ New Egg - Link
Any suggestions on that would be awesome. I don't mind spending to about $500 on a monitor, but I definitely want to get the best bang for my buck and would like to eventually add a second monitor as well (of the same type of course!)
I know there are some similar posts right now, but I wasn't really finding the answers to any of my questions. Or if this build I had going was any good!
Edit 1: I changed my graphics card and power supply to those recommended by inzone and cpu cooler to the one recommended by dish_moose. I'm still thinking the 16GB of ram would be good for me, but maybe I am being overkill. For work and school I often have a lot of applications running at the same time from ArcGIS to VisualStudio to SQL Server and a ton of tabs!
There are a few suggestions and they will actually save you some money.
First the cpu , motherboard , case , HDD , DVD Drive and SSD are all good choices and you don't have to change them.
The things that I would change are the video card , ram and psu.
The reasons for the changes are these , you don't have a need for 16gb of ram and 8gb will be good.
The video card is a FTW model and will perform just as good as the one you chose but for less money and unless your going to run four monitors the 2gb of video ram will be good.
The power supply is a better brand name and has a rebate , I just can't see a Rosewill psu being any good.
Overall savings $140.
This is a good sized monitor with a nice low response time of 2ms and the bezel does look thin so that if your adding other monitors the thinner bezel will be good. The price is low enough so that you can actually go with three and have the Nvidia surround. There is also this one;