Approximate Purchase Date: Maybe a little past Christmas (sorry), probably waiting for new Intel processers.
Budget Range: $1500 to $1700, but open to suggestions, before rebates and after shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing, possibly movie streaming/watching, text editing
Are you buying a monitor: Yes, does not need to be uber color accurate, but has to be high-def
Parts to Upgrade: I guess everything over time, eventually
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: What ever ships in the US for normal rates. Please not some shady Chinatown place.
Location: New York, New York, Manhattan
Parts Preferences: Intel processer, at least i7, Nvidia 680 graphics card, or something similar in 2013. I want speeeed.
Overclocking: Maybe, down the line
SLI or Crossfire: *Has no idea what this means*
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
Additional Comments: Doesn't have to be uber quiet, but not noisy. Has to be semi-attractive. Mostly playing WoW now, but wanting to move into other CPU-intensive games. Also needs to be able to run Minecraft ( Hersey!) at high-res texture packs; 512x512, 1024x1024, etc
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I currently have a old 2007 iMac and have moved father into gaming. I love Apple, but I need more raw power.
Just would like to hear some ideas. I also would like to hear speaker, monitor and keyboard suggestion. I am going to by a Razor Naga mouse. Must have surround sound 7.1.
Also, if you have any gaming headset recommendations, I would love to hear them, just don't include them in the price.
Edit: I am a total computer-building newb. Any general advice would be welcomed.
crossfire/sli is adding another video card to double GPU performance. dont need it right now but might be useful in the future
true surround sound headsets are pretty bad from my opinion. tiny earbud sized drivers are never good. something like a corsair vengeance 1300 which is a simulated 5.1 setup is probably more optimal. plus, they are very comfortable which is nearly the most important thing
and if none of these fit your tastes just find one that is an overear Headset(most comfy out of the other choices) and if you have no need for a mic get regular studio headset which are pretty beast and of course you can add a mic later if needed
I heard something about the amd HD 8000 cards coming in december, if this is true i think you could come back in december and ask about a build again, i hope that if someone knows something about this, (s)he can point it out.