1. You may find out about your monitor's resolution simply by googling its model number in the back of the monitor (should be on a label)
2. I'm not quiet sure if you really need Windows 7 Professional or just Home Premium, the difference are listed in here. If you don't know what those are then I think you should stick with the cheaper one, I've went ahead and got the Home Premium. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions#Compari...
3. I believe 8 GB of RAM is enough even for gamers, unless you plan on editing photo/video
4. I would save some on the case unless you insist on Phantom 410's aesthetic better than stuff like a 300R that I've suggested
Awesome, thank you for your suggestions so far.
To clarify some points, no, I'm not partial to the NZXT Case. It just looked clean, and the inside of it, cable management looked good. But I'm 100% open to other suggestions (first time builder, easy case means a lot).
Good point on the Windows 7, I don't need those extra features so I can go with the Home Premium edition.
Thank you for clarifying the RAM, I was talking to a friend who said he wished he had 8GB, it looked a bit overkill to me, this alone saves me over $100!
Idontunderstand, I'm not familiar with the GFX you chose, is it a big upgrade vs the one I originally selected, what about the SSD. Will 120GB be enough to store Windows + a few games? My friend thinks it might be a bit small.
Lastly, my monitor is a LG Flatron W2261VP-PF
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
I appreciate all the input so far on my build. Going to finalize in the next day or so and start the ordering!
I did went with the higher price/better performance GPU, it's a great one and since you can afford with my suggested build, why not?
120 GB of SSD alone is definitely not enough to store more than 10 games (if they are like 5GB each) and OS at the same time. I went with only the SSD cuz I thought you had older HDD that you want to use so you didn't add a HDD to your own build so you didn't need it or something.
Anyways, yes if you are planning onto storing games and maybe other stuff then 1TB drive like this should be included.
I really like your build. I do have HDD already but its small, purchased a long time ago. Same with my optical drive. Don't even know what brands they are. Might be better off just replacing them to be honest. I have all my files backed up on an external drive anyways so it's not like I'll lose anything.
The only other real question I have is, for a new build like this, will I need anything else that I should plan costs for? I've done some reading in magazines, and the new build link. Just don't want to be surprised by anything.
Another question, what kind of performances should I expect from this rig? Like, will this rig be able to play games on decent settings? Knowing that I used to play games in like a small resolution w/ Min graphics, anything is an upgrade lol.
You might need a wireless adapter if you are going wireless, but I always recommend gamers to go with Ethernet, since nothing beats its performance especially latency. If you're planning on getting anti-virus, don't ever get it directly from it's manufacturer, newegg.com have sales on anti-virus like 24/7 like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (if you're wondering if it's true that you can rebate it back for free, I've done it)
I can't think of anything other than that.
You should expect to be able to run any games at ultra if not high settings on 1080p. It's gonna be a sick upgrade, you're gonna love it.