I am looking for a computer to multitask (burn DVDs, editing, power downloading, etc.). I will play some current games but super high end gaming performance is not crucial.
I have spent the last couple weeks reading for hours a day and I think I have narrowed it down to these parts so far. Parts I already have
Dell 27 inch Ultrasharp monitor
Keyboard, mouse, optical drives
Parts I am thinking about
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec TPQ-850 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
I would recommend waiting until the December to build a new machine as the new i7s are to be released mid-November and prices on the current core models and motherboards should drop due to the entrance of the i7 technology into the market.
A more expensive option but a really incredible card: Sapphire 4870 1GB
Although they have not said so, this card is clearly "Vapor-X Chamber" cooled. It's a new technology that's getting rave reviews, cooling video cards from ATI a lot. It's said to be ATIs new reference design, although of course that's being kept quiet as they want to sell existing cards off first
I don't know about Mushkin, but Kingston makes excellent memory and are a reliable manufacturer.
For about $3 more you can get two separate packages of 2GB DDR2 800 Kingston HiperX. The risk with getting a bundled retail package of sticks is that if one stick fails you have to return all sticks in the package for replacement and your computer has no memory to run on while you wait. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...