Hello all. I'm new to the forums (aside from being sent here by Google when troubleshooting) so I apologize if I don't list everything. I'm just trying to get the best I can for $700. Here it goes... I've recently started college and am planning on building my first PC for school and, of course, gaming. I plan on playing FPS like Battlefield 3 (however, graphics aren't that important to me, just a smooth framerate), MMOs like Star Wars: The Old Republic (again, graphics aren't my main concern, just smooth gameplay), and somewhat-intense work in Adobe CS5 Suite (I'm majoring as a Web Developer and also have a strong interest in media such as photography and video editing).
I'm on a budget ($700 limit, may or may not change) and I don't have any plans in the future to overclock anything (not going to lie, I'd be a little nervous lol). I'd prefer that I won't need to upgrade anything anytime soon (at least two-three years). I've taken a general PC building course in the past so I'm somewhat-familiar with the internals of a PC but I know I'll have questions as soon as I start building as I don't want to mess anything up.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month or two
Budget Range: $600-$800, after rebates and shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Adobe CS5 Suite, Programming, Web Browsing
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: New Egg. Any other sites are welcome.
There's a Microcenter in Missouri near St. Louis. The parts there are dirt cheap. The 965 with that exact mobo is $180. However, I'd suggest the ASUS M5A97. The 7850 1GB is $190 next week(official price drop) and the 2GB version is $210. The 7850 performs similarly to the 570, and when overclocked, the 580.