I'm currently trying to pick hardware to build my 1st computer and have a few questions...
-My goal price was around $1000 but right now I'm sitting at about $1300+
-I'm mainly going to be using it for music production (FL Studio 10/NI Massive etc..) and Starcraft 2/WoW (low-mid graphic settings)
-trying to shave off some $$ if I can
first off, get an i5 to shave off some money, preferably one with a 'k' at the end of the model number. a modular psu is not necessary, plus, 600w would probably be enough (stick with corsair or antec though).
i'm getting this mobo for my next board, that sabertooth is very expensive, both mobos have the latest chipset, support the same max ram, ddr3, the asus has less sata 3 ports, and it doesn't support sli. tbh i'm looking at a lot of reviews for it and it seems very decent.
ram is pretty much spot on too.
but yeah, i'd get an i5 if you want to shave some money off, i7s are really expensive and i doubt you'll see a major difference because fl stuido will be more ram intensive.
Just remembered the XEON options. You can get an e3-1230 for the price of a 3570K. It's the same clock speed, but has hyperthreading like the i7's. Only downside is no overclocking, but you probably won't need to.
I'd do something like this, only swap out the i5 for a Xeon 1230