Approximate Purchase Date: Late November or Early December
Budget Range: ~$1200 Max (Don't need to go overkill on hardware if it isn't warranted, given my intended use)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (1) Statistical Software (e.g., SPSS), (2) MS Office Applications, (3) Internet, (4) Viewing movies and photos
Are you buying a monitor: Yes, I would like a dual monitor set up. I would appreciate any insight on monitor sizes and resolution
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any
Location: Laramie, Wyoming AND Fort Collins, Colorado
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel i5 3570k
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (not really sure on this)
Additional Comments: Needs to have at least 1TB HDD, 128SDD for programs and OS, ability to do light gaming (Starcraft), and DVD R/W optical drive. I often access my desktop remotely from my laptop and use it to stream content to media in my apartment. Because of my apartment layout, I will need a WIFI card.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want a power machine that will not break a sweat while I am in grad school for the next five years. My laptop does a decent job for work while I am on the go, but I want a dedicated work station that will be able to adaptable to future modifications, but fully capable for the next five years.
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If you have a local Microcentre, they currently have effectively $50 off the processor, in store only. Elsewhere the cost is nearer to $220
There are AMD options, for graphics cards, which may be better overall value, for a variety of games. That one, though, is particularly good, with Starcraft.
I have left off monitors (although reasonable spare, in budget), as it rather depends what you need. For a second monitor, a small, fairly basic one, would allow for a better main one. If main one is required to have good colour reproduction, for photo editing, or watching movies, it is worth getting a decent IPS one, and a cheap second. If you're not that particular about high picture quality, the two could be more "balanced"