I'm open to pretty much everything else as long as it complements the video card and it stays within my budget. So please give me advice on:
I'm thinking I want to stick with a core 2 duo, possibly the E8600. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or for the same price should I get a lower clocked quad? Besides gaming, I do long run particle transport stuff (on the order of a day per run) that could benefit from two more cores, but that's really only if I can't schedule any slots on the cluster at work. and honestly, the more time I wait for data to come in, the less actual work i have to do
Not really sure on this point. Having the ability to install a second 4870 x2 in the future would be nice, but I don't really want to go out of my way for this. I do however want the ability to do modest overclocking
Probably 4 gigs of something I could overclock a little bit.
1TB 7200 rpm. Don't really have a preference on make, but I have had good luck with WD in the past.
I don't need anything fancy here, just dvd read/write
Dont really have any preferences on this. Probably just want it to handle a single 4870 X2.
I've heard good things about the antec twelve hundred. But i'll consider whatever will get the job done, I don't really care if my computer looks like a stupid spaceship.
Don't want to go overboard on this, might just want to stay with the stock intel cooling. Although it would be nice to have something that didn't use that god forsaken pin mount system.
What I already have (ie. stuff not factored into the budget)
a 24" acer monitor (dvi, hdmi, and vga inputs), a copy of vista 64, mouse, keyboard, and PC speakers.