Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2-3 weeks
Budget Range: Under $1000 would be ideal but $1100 is the limit
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the web, some programming in the near future
Parts Not Required: None
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter, amazon
Parts Preferences: i5-3570k
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, two-way (will be purchased at a later date)
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I currently have a build planned but it is too expensive. I need help on where to bring down the price and advice on maybe buying other parts at a later date like a SSD or CPU heatsink. Also, what wireless adapter is recommended for my needs?
Get a 2500k and a older z68 board they work just as good as ivy to an extent and it will save you a few bucks. Get a cheaper keyboard . Its just a keyboard upgrade it in the future. Ebay has great shops on it for electronics at good prices and have deals aswell, check that out. And the 3570 is only 10% faster the 2500k is a awesome cpu.
Check out my $1100 build here: http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14731235...
Save some money on the PSU, for just as good performance. If you buy your combo at Microcenter, that's $85 off for a total of $1071. You'll get a better GPU, and imo a just as nice case with better airflow @ stock.
I changed the PSU for the rosewill one. i also changed the gpu to the stock clocks version, plus it has 3gb of ram and 3 free games and a discounted game. (im gonna stick with the 7950 because i think it will get the job done. plus ill be doing xfiring later when it needs help.)
As for the monitor, i am looking for one that has speakers in them. i dont have any speakers at the moment and my headphones are starting to fall apart. are there any other monitors that you recommend?
im going to stay with the cooler master case and cooler because i like there eye candy. i know that the phantom series of NZXT's is popular and a good case i just feel like choosing something different than some people. also the EVGA cooler is cooling looking too but the v6gt looks are more aggressive to me. thank you though for your suggestions so far.