This is my first time building a PC and I was hoping to get some comments on my tentative build so that I don't end up making a "rookie" mistake. I've done some research the last couple of weeks into the parts on my list but I really haven't found a great option for a 20"-23" monitor so any suggestions relating to monitors would be especially appreciated.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few weeks (unless there are any known price drops that will be occurring sometime after that).
Budget Range: Ideally under $1,000 just for the computer and an additional $150-$200 for a decent monitor.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Solidworks Simulations, Internet Surfing, Music, Videos.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes, am looking to buy a 20"-23" monitor. Recommendations here would be especially helpful.
Do you need to buy an OS: Yes, Windows 7 64 bit.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon but am also open to any suggestions.
Location: California, USA.
Parts Preferences: None.
Overclocking: Most Likely
SLI or Crossfire: No immediate plans but I'd like to have the option for future system improvements.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080.
Additional Comments: I would like to be able to purchase suitable equipment now so that it will be easy to update a single piece of hardware (GPU) in the future without having to rebuild my rig from the ground up each time.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I've been doing all of my gaming on a laptop for the last couple of years and I die a little bit inside each time I have to decrease graphics settings .
(Please note that not all rebates were applied to this total and I am planning on purchasing a Core i5-3570K/Z77/8GB/GTX660 DIY Upgrade Kit from newegg to save some $$.)
I'm fairly decided on the GPU/motherboard/RAM/CPU as they are all part of the DIY bundle on newegg but if anyone knows of a particular flaw with these components then I will reconsider buying the bundle. With this current list of equipment I am at a total of $1100 (just within my budget). Any input you guys have would be greatly appreciated