Made a few of these threads in the past but was never able to pull the trigger, however I think I'm finally ready to start ordering parts. Would really appreciate the help selecting parts to get me started. Thanks!
Approximate Purchase Date: Starting this weekend and over the next couple weeks
Budget Range: $800-$900 including monitor but not OS
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, light photo-editing (lightroom), watching movies, general all around pc
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: Need everything except mouse
Do you need to buy OS: I think so but don't include in price
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, ncix, (there is a Microcenter 45 min. away if needed)
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel Ivy-Bridge (i5 if possible)
Overclocking: Maybe (don't know how)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (don't know how)
Your Monitor Resolution: HD quality, 1920x1080 if possible
Misc. parts need recommendations for: Everything needed to build a pc, even the misc. items like thermal paste, wireless card etc.
Well, where I live, Newegg charges tax, so Microcenter is a lot better. But, the money you save on the CPU+mobo more than makes up for the tax you pay. You could get a 2500K+Pro3 mobo for $205. That is less than the 2500K at Newegg, LOL! Only thing Microcenter lacks is GPU's. Newegg beats them in the GPU's they have available.