planning new build wt $1500.00 budget.
this is what I came up wt.
all prices from the egg.
SAMSUNG 2433BW High Glossy Black 24" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor.............................$369.99 less $20 promo
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B Aluminum/ SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case...$89.99
PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS750QBL 750W ATX12V $144.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 $189.99
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard $129.99
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $69.99
ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED $64.99
ASUS EAH4870/HTDI/1G Radeon HD 4870 1GB $289.99
LG Black 22X CD/DVD burner GH22NS30 $26.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD322HJ 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $54.99
Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit oem $99.99
total build inc shipping $1524.27
less rebates -$65.00 if I ever see any of it.
Get yourself a bigger, faster drive for just a few $ more. That video card may be overkill, im getting the hd4670 for just $80. As for the cpu, get a lower clocked one and simply overclock it. Get a slightly lower wattage psu for half the price. If you don't need a flashy case, you can get one for $30. As for the monitor, id get a 42" 1080p for $800-1000. Itll double as a TV and replace your 27" standard definition CRT TV.
I use an old style roll-top desk for my comp. Biggest monitor that will fit is a 24inch, maybe a very low profile 25.5 if i was lucky.
I like this setup as it "dissaperates" wt a simple pull down of the desk cover.
A better hdd might be an option.... you have a suggestion for under $100.