System Usage from Most to Least Important: College work, games such as SWTOR and Diablo III, maybe some 3d modeling with blender and a small amount of C programming.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Location: San Diego, CA
Overclocking: Yes (first time)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes (down the road)
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
I currently only have a laptop, I am getting ready to go to college and would like a desktop that will last a long time and will be capable of playing newer games for a while.
This will be my first time building a computer. I am planning on not purchasing a graphics card for another couple of months. At that time I would be able to spend $300 on the card. I am planning on later purchasing a second graphics card and a SSD when I have the money and the need. That is why I am wanting to make sure I have a motherboard that will allow me to use the intel HD graphics at this time and run dual Nvidia cards later.
I am going to make this purchase tomorrow afternoon unless I find an incompatibility. The plan is to buy the case, monitor, motherboard, cpu, cooler, hard drive, dvd drive, ram and psu. I will use that for a while, then in a couple months buy a graphics card, then buy a ssd, then buy a second graphics card.
I do not plan on running two video cards right away, I just want to make sure that the parts I pick now will support it if I have a need later on.
The only parts I am buying spread out are the graphics card and possibly a SSD. I need a desktop soon, I would rather have a more powerful desktop and deal with integrated graphics for a month or two then buy a nice $300ish graphics card.
If I buy a graphics card now staying in my $1000ish budget I would have to make compromises somewhere else.