Hi everyone, first off, thanks for all the excellent info that has been provided here. I stumbled across this forum after researching the X51; I was set to purchase it until I did some research here and am now convinced I could do better for that amount of money. I started getting a wishlist of parts together but quickly went over-budget.
Approximate Purchase Date: within 2 weeks
Budget Range: $1200 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, work - MS access & other programs at same time, streaming videos, web surfing, photo editing. Games I'd like to play include: Civ5, Diablo 3, BF3.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
Overclocking: Maybe - preferably no
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1024x768
Additional Comments: I'd really like to get something that has the power to run the games mentioned in high settings and be able to upgrade in the future as I please (main drawback to X51). And since this will be in my living room it'd be nice if the case was a good looking one - something like the Corsair Obsidian 650D would be fine, but I'm guessing there's some more aesthetically pleasing ones out there.
edit: realized that the title makes it seem like it should have a blu ray player - not the case as I already have one.
Thanks for the input! I actually do have a 1080p monitor, just put the specs for my living room TV which is LED 720p. Thanks for that info though, I suppose I'd just stick to the monitor then.
Just curious, what kind of a difference are we talking about, going from 720p to 1080p?
Also, would it be worth it to swap the card you've got there for a GeForce GTX 570? Thinking I could do it since the price difference would be about the same minus the monitor... depending on the additional performance I'd get - pretty clueless about the 7850.
Alright, I'm ready to order my parts I think - just want to get any input anyone has first. I'm really not sure if the PSU is the right one to get; I used some online calculators to get an idea and I think 600w should do it.
Again, any input is greatly appreciated, thank you.