Budget Range: $1000 before shipping and after rebates. Give or take $100.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming: BF4 Starcraft 2, GTA V, and One Division for now.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes. Do NOT included in budget. (Just list your choice as a side note.)
Parts to Upgrade: None, building from scratch. As of right now, I have a case big enough for anything, but I may get a "sexier" case.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, but do NOT include in budget.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference.
Location: Henderson, NV
Parts Preferences: No preference. Best bang for the buck (skipping out on durability and quality isn't usually worth the price drop.)
Overclocking: Maybe. Would be done by a professional (my friend's neighbor.)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768. I realize I should probably upgrade, what resolution and size should I grab?
Additional Comments: I'd like to have an SSD for games and OS and a HDD for other stuff. (Do not include HDD in budget, as I have a hookup for an HDD.)
I have a case big enough for anything, but I may get a "sexier" case.
Definitely would prefer a quieter computer over one with a sexy case.
Why Are You Upgrading: I've been wanting to for over a year now. I'm way overdue. After seeing the Xbox One, I officially gave up on consoles and am moving (back) to PC gaming.
I'll try my best to answers your questions.
Thanks for helping a future PC-gamer out!
The 3-pack Windows 7 isn't really a better deal, IMHO. It costs about the same as buying three separately. Just stick with buying one for $90-100. Also, I would go with Windows 8 because it's newer and there's tons of programs you can use to make it look like Windows 7 again.
I wouldn't suggest getting a 256gb SSD in this budget either. You can definitely get a 120/128gb SSD, but getting a 256gb will severely cut down on your gaming performance. If you use your space wisely, 128gb is enough.
You say you're buying a "pretty large case" from your friend. Do you know what case it is? Can you ask your friend for the model of the case or maybe a picture of it? And how much are you buying it for?
lolcheckin: I need to upgrade my monitor, but it will not be added to my @$1000 budget, so just add your choice in as a side note please.
As of right now, I'm not including the OS in the budget either.
realchaos: Thanks for that info. I've been looking at all the different builds and noticed that some have an SSD for the OS and games AND a separate HDD. I didn't know that was possible and am now changing my thought to wanting a 120/128GB SSD with a HDD in there as well. That being said, my friend has a lot of HDDs just laying around so only add an SSD to this build.