I am planning on building a new computer in mid august before I go back to school. This is going to be my first build and my first new computer in 5 years. I have done a lot of reading on forums and this is the build i came up with:
Total =1349.91 after MIR
I have about 1500 to spend on this build if necessary, although the less the better because the less I spend the more money I will have at school for other expenses so I would like to keep it as close to 1000 as possible.
The things I am least sure about are the case and monitor, but advise on any part is helpful. I will probably get a new graphics card in a 12-18 months. I also wasn't sure what cpu cooler would fit in the case because I haven't put everything together yet, so any advise in terms of coolers would be helpful. I plan on overclocking the cpu a little but I probably wont do it a ton because I've never overclocked before. If I decide not to overclock is the cooler still necessary/ helpful?
EDIT: It will be used for gaming, watching movies and school work.
I already have a copy of xp with upgrade to vista ultimate, although I might not upgrade for a little while.
Tho se are the only two changes I'd make, the X1950XT is considerably faster than the X1950Pro (Price of this card is oscillating between $170 and $200, depends how lucky you are on newegg) and it isn't too much.
The GA-P35-DS3R is $30 less than the P35C-DS3R and the only difference is DDR3 support, something that won't be worth a damn until maybe a year to 18 months.