System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo Editing, Gaming, Web Browsing, Movie Watching
Parts Not Required: Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com, I can make the drive to a Microcenter if they are cheaper.
Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel CPU no preference other than that
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but probably not for a while if at all
Monitor Resolution: 2560x1440
Additional Comments: I'm looking for recommendations on a good 2560x1440 monitor in the 24-27" range. I was looking at the 27" Yamakasi Catleap monitors, but it seems to be hit or miss with the quality. I also need suggestions on a video card. I am looking at probably a GTX 670 or HD 7970. But i'm not sure if they are enough power for the resolution. I don't need to game with all the settings on high. Consistent frame rate is more important to me. I also will most likely not play many intensive games. Mostly MMO's (Guild Wars 2) and maybe some Counter-Strike: Source or GO, but I would like to be able to if I change my mind down the road.
These are the parts I have so far. I am only really set on the processor. I am open to suggestions to replace anything on this list. I'm still looking for a Fans, CPU Cooler, Video Card, Case, Keyboard, Monitor, and anything else I might need.
The total for the build as listed comes to $1431.90 and includes a GTX 670 with 4gb of video memory on it for the high resolution monitor. The list above does not include the monitor and the one that I would suggest is;
If you add in this monitor the price is $2181.89. I'm not sure if when you posted your original request if the monitor is to be included into the $1500-$1800 budget amount. The monitors that have the 2560x1440 resolution are fairly new and therefore expensive , I didn't see anything under $600.
What I would suggest is this , the Micro Center store will have lower prices on most of the items in this list so you could take the list with the prices and see what you can pick up from the Micro Center at lower prices and then get the rest online. Some of the online stores are bound to have a sale or rebate on the remaining items.
Thanks for the input, that looks like an awesome build! I really like that Dell monitor, but idk if I can convince my wife to let me spend that much on a monitor! Lol. Only question I have, will I be missing anything getting the Asus P8Z77-V LK instead of the Pro? Besides built in wi-fi? I do like that it has UEFI. And that video card is great! I was really leaning towards the 670, but I like that the HD 7970 has 3 GB of memory. That card makes the point moot.
The Asus pro board has 2 more sata3 ports and 2 more usb 3.0 ports along with the built in wifi. It also has more in the way of raid support for the sata ports.
The ram and Pci-e slots are the same and both boards support SLI/Crossfire.
I think that you just have tyo look at the two boards and see if your going to use or need the features of the Pro board more than the LK board.