I'm pretty much looking to take Marest's $1500 sample build part for part. My current system is an AMD X4 2.2ghz with an 8600GT video card (a low budget build about 3.5 years ago). I currently hit like 3 FPS when in LFR (which is odd since back in ICC I used to raid 25 man and was more consistent at 15 to 20 while raiding, but since some point in Cata things have been a bit worse - luckily my raiding switched to 10 man and I was able to participate).
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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter) - if only I had a local Microcenter. this will cost me $30 more to get from NCIX.
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0564 101.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($166.99 @ Newegg) - Any real reason to go to a Z77 type board? Seems like the Z68 is perfect for my needs, but wanted to make sure I'm not missing anything.
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg) - Half tempted to up it to 16GB. No reason other than the Tim the Tool Man effect.
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($116.95 @ B&H) - don't need a standard HD already have a spare for data, just the SSD for OS and game installations (my first SSD at that).
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($469.98 @ NCIX US) - running dual 25" monitors at 1920 x 1080. Also, my understanding of the Reference vs. Non-reference is weak (at best). For a planned Overclocking system, does this variant make sense?
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg) - went up to the 650 (as opposed to the 550 that was in the build) due to better reviews. Am I just being paranoid?
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon) - this is just to be able to watch blue rays at my desk if I want. I need an optical anyway (old computer will get passed down to my daughter), so thought I would go this route...
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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Additional Question #1) Are there hardware releases on the near term horizon that indicates that I should hold off on this purchase to wait for this hardware to come down in price by 50% (exaggeration for effect here). I'm willing to spend the cash, but don't want a $300 reduction in the system the following week. I'll wait the week if there is some sort of expectation of that type of drop.
The most expensive computer I've ever purchased prior to this was probably about $600, so this is quite the jump. I have no real preference or preconceived notions about different manufacturers at this time. My main concern is regarding near-term releases of new hardware. My main usage at this time is WoW, some SCII, and Diablo 3 coming up. This build is probably pretty overkill for my needs, but I recently came into a small bit of cash and figured it was about time I bought myself a nice computer for the first time ever.
Thanks all for any thoughts