System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the web
Are you buying a monitor: No - currently have a Dell Ultrasharp U2412M
Parts to Upgrade: New Build
Do you need to buy OS: Yes - included in $1,300 price
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference
Location: City, State/Region, Country - Dallas, TX
Parts Preferences: by brand or type - Intel CPU
Overclocking: No - no idea how to do that
SLI or Crossfire: Yes - in the future
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: First time build and I don't follow the latest trends in computer gaming so I am pretty clueless as to what I am doing. I will be playing Skyrim, and FPS (play a lot of TF2, L4D 2 but would like to play the more current games
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current computer is 6 years old
It's really simple to do. There are plenty of tutorials out there to help you. Look around and read some things. It can prove to be useful. If you believe this is something you'd like to look into, I'd recommend you grab a build similar to butremor's build. Just switch out the CPU for an i5 3570k and the motherboard for the ASRock Z77 Extreme4. Also, you'll want a CPU cooler to help keep your CPU cool. Links to these parts will be located below...
I'm not opposed to buying prebuilt and in fact that was my original idea but after some research it appears customers cyberpower experience is hit or miss, plus I can get more bang for my buck doing my own build.
I wouldn't rule out trying to over clock in the future and I wouldn't mind have the possibility if it's not too complicated.
Taking into account everyone's feedback, how does this look?
Quick follow up - I will be using Audioengine A5's for my speakers so is it worth the extra $$ to pick up a soundcard? I don't want to break the bank but at the same time would look to take advantage of my speakers. Keep in mind this will be for video game use, I won't be watching movies or listening to lots of music on my computer.
Any suggestions? Like everything else the price varies so much, I don't know if I can just pick up a card for $30 or look to spend more than that? I will only be using a 2.1 setup, I don't think I will ever move on to 5.1 / 7.1.