Approximate Purchase Date: next week or the week after
Budget Range: ~$500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, office
Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, optical drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country: Virginia, close enough to the Microcenter
Parts Preferences: it doesn't really matter
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: below HD, will probably upgrade soon enough
Additional Comments: This is for a friend, he doesn't want to spend more than $500, but will probably go a little past; But I would really hate to recommend him something that isn't compatible, or something where one component is hampering total performance because I went too cheap.
$40 dollars of mail in rebates sounds nice, but I never went through the process for my build, and this guy won't for his. Judging from some horror stories about it we might be better off too. I should've specified before about mail in rebates.
Looking at the pictures of the Apex case, I don't see any fans, is that the case or are they right in front of me like the ketchup in the 'fridge?