So, a couple of weeks ago my 8-year-old "hot gaming rig" died (either the motherboard or chip), and since it stopped being a "hot" rig about six years ago, and for the last couple of years it's been just a "rig"... time to man up and build new. My main problem is that the last time I built a system was almost 15 years ago: assembling parts holds no terrors for me, but the nomenclature has completely changed, and the variety of options has expanded vastly. After two weeks of attempting to scale the learning curve and reading dozens of reviews, I've arrived at this setup. Where, I wonder, have I fouled up? Or have I managed to assemble a working beast? Please advise me.
Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: ~ $2000, less is better, of course
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, light productivity, gentle media consumption
Parts Preferences: not really, looking for good quality & low cost
Overclocking: Yes, but not right away
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but not right away
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: In some way this is more of a system than I actually need right now, but I am likely going to experiment with overclocking in the not too distant future, and I want to future-proof my machine against future uber-games that may require me to have more than 8GB RAM and/or just one video card.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My 8-year-old "hot gaming rig" died the True Death.
I have a 1TB external HD already, and the 250GB drive on my previous PC is still good, which is why I budget for only one new HD.
I will be getting a new keyboard and mouse, and I have to consider S&H charges on the components, which all factor in to my $2000 budget - right now I still have wiggle room, assuming prices for components don't jump up much more.