So you've done it Tom's Hardware. You've made me decide to build my first PC. But now that I've made that decision, I can't seem to make any others. I've done a bit of research (almost all of it on Tom's), but my indecision on parts, and lack of knowledge on compatibility/actually building a rig kinda have me stumped.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks (sooner the better)
Budget Range: Under $1000 but willing to go over for Monitor/speakers/keyboard
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (Skyrim, GW2, WoW, SWTOR all on utra/high), surfing the internet, photo editing, watching movies
Parts Not Required: mouse (ha)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I like Newegg and Amazon, but open to anything. Does NCIX ship? can't remember
Parts Preferences: Have a slight preference to Intel and Nvidia, but still open to anything
SLI or Crossfire: Not in the near future
Monitor Resolution: Whatever's best with the determined GPU
Additional Comments: I have limited desk space, so probably needs to be a midtower or smaller. I will need an OS. If it's possible within the budget, a decent SSD along with HDD for a bit of photo/video editing. A monitor and speakers would be nice as well. Please let me know what you guys think, and keep in mind it'll be my first build so if you have any tips I'd be grateful.
Edit: I'm not opposed to saving money either. I know the games I play aren't the most graphic intensive so if you can suggest a build with the stats I listed for less, I'll take it.
The first build has a z77 + i5-3570k for overclock.
The one i suggested, you can't overclock, i didn't if you want to, but it adds to the budget.
Rosewill hive is reliable, see here a review of the series : http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-HIVE-65...
With the second build(under 1000$) + the ssd i suggested, in all parts from newegg+amazon the total is 1100$ including monitor +keyboard+mouse.
Ah, I was wondering why there was such a price jump between the two mobos. Do you think the games/editing I'll be doing will really benefit from overclocking? I've heard it's like "unlocking the true potential of your pc" but also that it may shorten the lifespan of some parts.
For gaming what's more important is the gfx card, for editing more cores/threads.
I don't know if you know how to oc the cpu.
If you want to, an asrock z77 pro 3 board+i5-3570k+hyper 212 evo would be the changes to make.
Alright, sorry for the slow reply. Trying to read reviews for parts that g-unit listed. I think I'm going with django's AmazEgg build. After a little more research, I don't think I'll be overclocking so I'll be saving $ on the motherboard. I might swap the Zalman monitor, but like g-unit said, it's just preference. Thank you all for the suggestions. I'm so excited to start building!