I am looking to build a small system that I can use in the living room on my 55" TV to play games with a wireless controller/kbm or move to my office when the GF doesn't want me using the TV.
Approximate Purchase Date: Between 2-4 weeks
Budget Range: Up to $900 with everything. Also willing to take a bit of extra time to get deals, but would like to be done before March.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming is the main purpose. The rest is normal usage. Word processing/web browsing etc.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: This is a new build. I have no parts to work with.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't matter as long as they have a solid rep. I would prefer amazon for the free shipping, but price > time.
Location: Fort Myers, FL
Parts Preferences: None at this point. I prefer intel, but as long as it can last me for awhile it doesn't matter.
Overclocking: Down the road. Would like to get back in to it.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: Want to be able to run things on my 55" TV at the best resolution possible for my budget. Also will be picking up a monitor to take the pc back and forth from the office/living room.
Additional Comments: Would like to be able to play blu-ray movies if it's cheap enough. Also I like the size of the Thermaltake Armor A30 and things along those lines. I don't mind going micro-atx at this point. Would like the PC to last at least a couple of years to get through grad school.
Looks pretty good. I do need a monitor though, and I don't have a Microcenter anywhere near me. All I have is a Tigerdirect store and the regular big box retailers. I saw Tigerdirect has the 3570k for 189 right now. Would that be worth picking up and maybe skimping a little else where? Or should I consider AMD to save in that department?
Yeah, I only mentioned that case as the only ones I could find that were similar seemed to have pretty crappy build quality. I just really like the small square-like form factor. Anything that fits that criteria would work just fine for me. We keep the TV on an entertainment stand, so with it being plasma I have a lot of room to put it behind. The GF just doesn't like having a regular tower (as she chewed out the roommate for bringing out his normal atx tower).