A little help for someone lost!

Hey guys, recently I popped into a gamestop and they had a games for windows PC hooked up displaying Heroes of Might and Magic. I forgot how much I enjoyed playing strategy and RTS games on a PC so I thought I'd do a little research to find out how much it would cost to built a decent new one. I'm not trying to go top of the line, play every FPS with maxed out settings but I am interested in being able to play oblivion and most FPS with near the best settings. After doing some research I stumbled across this thread at tomshardware.com :
http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/01/18/overclocking-guide-part-1/index.html

It looks like overclocking is the way to go! Additionally, I am interested in getting a flat panel monitor and selected one based on random reviews.

So, with all the introduction aside, I would have to say my budget is right around $1000 but can be flexible if necessary.

As of right now, I'm currently going from the guide above which consists of:

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115005
$167

3D Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814102082
$249

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813128012
$125

Monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16824116075
$199

RAM:
Ram used in guide, not available so no clue here!

Case:
No clue! Have a few spare cases though or can order one.

How to keep it quiet:
No clue!

Please give me a little guidance, as you can tell I'm thoroughly lost and behind the times! Thanks!

Naet
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  1. Forgot to note, I think I need a new HD so I'll take any recommendations on that. This PC is going to be just used for the internet and gaming so I don't need a big hard drive, just room for the OS and games! I was thinking like 80 - 100 GB?
  2. With regards to the harddrive - buy for price, not space. For a long time, harddrives followed the same pricing curve. There's a "sweet spot" around $100 where the drives are the best price-per-gigabyte. Drives less than that cost more per gig, and drives higher than that cost more.

    Newegg has 40Gig harddrives for $38, while an 80 gig costs $41. A 160Gig shows up at $55.

    You can never have too much space. Unless you're reaaaaalllly on a budget, don't pay $41 for an 80 gig when you can get twice the space for $14 more. Figure out your price, then see what kind of drive you can get.
  3. Quote:
    I'm not trying to go top of the line, play every FPS with maxed out settings but I am interested in being able to play oblivion and most FPS with near the best settings.


    Oblivion is one of the most demanding games, so your statement there leaves me confused. I think an E6600/8800 GTS/2GB DDR2-800 combination can play Oblivion well enough, but I'm not sure $1000 is enough.
  4. As for hard drives. Should I worry about the 10000 RPM hard drives? Are they that much better?

    As for oblivion, my only experiences with oblivion are on my xbox 360. My goal is makes a PC that I can say, man this does look a lot better than my 360 ;) Does that make more sense!? Also, someone recommended this RAM to me, what do you think?

    http://www.buy.com/prod/crucial-2gb-ddr2-sdram-memory-module-2gb-800mhz-ddr2-800-pc2-6400-non/q/loc/101/202541818.html
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    As for hard drives. Should I worry about the 10000 RPM hard drives? Are they that much better?


    Shouldn't be considered if your budget is only $1000.

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    As for oblivion, my only experiences with oblivion are on my xbox 360. My goal is makes a PC that I can say, man this does look a lot better than my 360 ;) Does that make more sense!?


    Probably won't happen for only $1000. As somebody already mentioned, Oblivion is pretty demanding, so you'll have to spend a fair amount on the video card.

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    That RAM should be fine.

    As for the processor... if you are going to overclock, save some $$$ and get the E4300.

    Also, have you considered the cost of the operating system, keyboard, mouse, optical drive(s)? Or are those being salvaged from another machine?

    -TyShoe
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