Hi everyone, I'm a total noob at this but building my own pc has been a long time goal. I have a little extra $ at the moment and want to take on this challenge. I'm primarily looking for a good gaming rig (no crazy bells or whistles) while keeping to a budget.
Approximate Purchase Date: now - beginning of March
Budget Range: $800 total
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, Photoshop image editing
Are you buying a monitor: No - I think the Acer I have now should be fine
Parts to Upgrade: all – build from scratch (except monitor)
Do you need to buy OS: yes
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no real vendor preference, though to save on shipping it would be good to buy majority of products from one source
Location: Canton, MA, USA
Parts Preferences: no preference
Overclocking: Maybe - never done this but interested to learn
SLI or Crossfire: no
Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x900
Additional Comments: Plan to run the following: Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Bridge; MMORPGs such as WoW, The Secret World, ArmA II; + everyday use (internet, MS office, etc)
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I’m looking to build my first PC and want to be able to use it for current and future games and as a digital photo editing system. I've started doing alot of digital photography. My current system will not support the newer game graphics requirements and I think it may be on it's last breaths - overheating, shutting down unexpectedly, driver errors
I mentioned Microcenter deal because he is so close to it and the $50 off the motherboard when he buys an i5 3570k. If he did that and bought everything else listed the build nearly $40 cheaper. Sometimes, at least at my closest one, they sometimes have in store specials not listed online.